Dr. Dale Clayton originated the concept for the AirAllé® device in a laboratory at the University of Utah, where he 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 too had difficulty keeping insect cultures alive.
When his elementary-aged children contracted head lice, he thought it might be possible to eliminate them by reducing the level of humidity near the scalp. The question was how to accomplish this trick.
In 2006, Dr. Clayton released a paper in the journal Pediatrics, and participated in a press release that generated a frenzy of worldwide media attention on the critical need for a device to rid lice.
The Journal of Medical Entomology published a follow-up study that showed the LouseBuster (now the AirAllé® Lice Device), because of how effectively it could kill lice and eggs. Subsequently, the FDA cleared the AirAllé® for head lice treatment**.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (Pediatrics volume 135, number 5, May 2015) listed the AirAllé® device as the only device to kill lice and eggs through desiccation. It stated regular blow dryers should not be used for treating lice.
March 2015 survey of professional lice clinics, clinic owners reported successful treatments in a single visit over 99 percent of the time, on average, when using the AirAllé® device.