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New technology in eastern Iowa to get rid of head lice

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A new clinic is open in eastern Iowa to help get rid of a pesky problem -- head lice. 

In recent years, cases of lice have increased because they're getting more resistant to treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, six to 12 million kids get them each year.

But now, there's new technology to help.

"So this is the AirAllé device. It warms up to a certain temperature, and blows out heat," said Kellie Hancock, co-owner of Lice Clinics of America in Dubuque. "This heat is what will dehydrate those nits and those live bugs."

Hancock, along with her sister, Bess Hayes, opened the clinic to help people with the infestations. Before the clinic, they both worked in the medical field for several years.

Both Hancock and Hess attended training and are certified in lice removal.

They say it's a problem that can last months, both experiencing it with their kids. 

"A lot of over-the-counters are not working. It's because the bugs are becoming more resistant to the pesticides. I mean after so long, they're just becoming more resistant," Hayes said.

The treatment used isn't a shampoo or home remedy. It's a heat machine that kills the super lice and its eggs. It's cleared by the FDA. "It can take up to an hour and a half. It's usually up to an hour on average," added Hancock.

Once the treatment is done, the hair is combed out and they apply oil to complete the job.

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