Head lice infest billions of children across the world. In the US alone, about 12 million kids suffer from this problem each year. Researchers have come up with several ways to treat head lice such as combing and using over-the-counter products, but none of them has perfectly treated these insects. Lice have evolved resistance to almost all of the products, leaving lice removal companies with no options. In fact, many companies specializing in lice-killing chemicals receive calls every day from parents and other healthcare users reporting product treatment failures. Users often complain that they have tried every other drug store shelves only to continue finding fat, adult-sized lice. The emergence of advanced technology and innovation, however, promises to offer the remedy.
Here are 4 technological solutions that are expected to transform the lice removal industry.
OneCure is a handheld device that anyone can use at home to kill all types of lice and more than 99 percent of lice eggs in just one treatment that take about an hour. Lice Clinics of America says this FDA-approved device uses a precision-controlled heated air that, through disposable OneCure tips, uniformly distributes airflow. OneCure is already being used in hundreds of clinics across the US.
2. Xeglyze Lotion
A louse lays lots of eggs and easily develops resistance, making it difficult to treat. Experts understand this and have established that an enzyme known as metalloprotease in responsible for the pests’ egg hatching and life cycle. They have devised a technology that can disrupt these processes by inhibiting the working cycle of the enzymes. The technology produces a lotion that contains metalloprotease inhibitor that ensures no eggs are hatched.
Novokid is a kit that contains disposable capsules containing a vinegar solution. These capsules are connected to a vaporizing device that blows the dry chemicals into a hair cap. All the lice suffocate and die within ten minutes after blowing the particles.
Shine is another device made using a technology that’s almost similar to as Novokid. It’s expected to be more advanced. The air conditioning device kills lice and their eggs and doesn’t allow the lice to develop resistance as there are no survivors or fertile eggs left behind.
Lice have been plaguing children for centuries. Despite the discovery of many treatment options, there’s still a big market for lice removal companies seeking ways to destroy these revolting insets. With the development of these advanced technological devices, it’s hoped that the head lice removal industry will be transformed once and for all.