New clinic in Syracuse targets killing lice
CICERO, N.Y. -- A new clinic is in town that solely focuses on treating head lice using a special machine that kills off the bug and their eggs in a single 30 minute treatment.
It's giving parents a new option to deal with head lice besides using traditional lice shampoo or mayonnaise.
According to the CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 6 to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States among children 3 to 11 years of age.
It's a creepy crawler that strikes fear into many and is otherwise known as lice, but a new device is drying out the problem.
"Some people cry, they're frustrated, they don't know what to do and they're embarrassed," Tina Kline, the manager of Naughty Nits said.
Lice is a parasite that's most comfortable and warm on the human head. For female lice your hair is a breeding ground and they can lay up to eight eggs everyday.
However, now there's a now treatment that can help get rid of these creepy crawlers. "That's where we come in. We give them information about lice and ways to prevent getting it," Tina Kline explained.
It is said that the spread of lice is on the rise thanks to America's obsession with the selfie. You might not even know it, but when you put your head next to your friends to snap a selfie, your giving the lice a perfect chance to crawl from one head to another.
"Any time that hair is going to touch, that's long enough for it to transfer," Kline said.
Naughty Nits uses an FDA cleared technology that takes 30 minutes on the head to dehydrate the eggs and the lice.
Then they clean the hair with a special shampoo that lice hate.
These clinics are starting to pop up across New York because they say the old methods to kill lice aren't as effective anymore.
However, there is a price that comes along with the treatment of anywhere from $109 and $159.