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Super Lice & Back to School

Super Lice & Back to School

A drug-resistant "super lice" has plagued at least 25 states within the past month. While it's true that this lice are resistant to common over-the-counter lice removal treatments, this is not a new "breed" of lice; they are extremely resistant to products that have been used for years. Like any other insect, they eventually are simply not impacted by a product that is used over and over again. Lice becoming resistant to common chemicals is a predicable phenomenon.

So what should you do if you or your children get lice? If you choose to try over-the-counter products, it's important to use newer and safer ones. However, many of these products simply kill the bugs rather than removing the eggs – combing and picking through the hair with an effective combing tool is a necessity. A combing tool is scientifically documented to be three or more times effective than just looking.

With back to school just around the corner, it's important to know what you can do to prevent lice. First, purchase a combing tool in the beginning of the school year simply to have in hand and use as a screening tool. Comb through several times a week to ensure your child doesn't have them. According to School Outlet, there are a few ways to avoid the spreading of lice this school year:

  • Avoid head-to-head contact during school, at home, and any activities.
  • Do not share clothing like hats, scarves, coats, and hair accessories.
  • Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. If one becomes infested, disinfect combs and brushes by soaking them in hot water (130°F) for 5-10 minutes.
  • Do not lie on beds, pillows, couches, etc. that an infested person has come in contact with recently.
  • Machine wash any linens, clothing etc. that the infested person has come in contact with.

If you or a family member does contract head lice, don’t panic.  This very common condition has nothing to do with cleanliness.