The AirAllé® device concept originated in the laboratory of Dr. Dale Clayton at the University of Utah. Clayton is a professor in the Department of Biology.
1980‘s – Early 1990’s
Dr. Clayton successfully cultured lice on captive birds, such as common pigeons, for basic research purposes.
When he moved his lab to the University of Utah, from Oxford University in England, he encountered great difficulty keeping lice alive on captive birds. He learned that, because of Utah’s arid climate, they had difficulty keeping insect cultures alive.
When his elementary school children contracted head lice, he thought it might be possible to control by reducing the level of humidity near the scalp. The question was how to accomplish this trick.
In 2006, a paper in the journal Pediatrics generated a feeding frenzy of worldwide media attention that validated the widespread interest in such a device, as well as the critical need for it.
A follow-up study in the Journal of Medical Entomology showed that the LouseBuster (which is now the AirAllé® Lice Device) was highly effective at killing lice and eggs. Subsequently, the FDA cleared the AirAllé® for head lice treatment**.
In a report on head lice by the American Academy of Pediatrics (Pediatrics volume 135, number 5, May 2015), the AirAllé® device was listed as the only device to kill lice and eggs through desiccation. It stated that regular blow dryers should not be used for treating lice.
In March 2015, professional lice clinic owners reported in a survey that when using the AirAllé® device, over 99 percent of treatments were successful in a single visit.