Pretty much every parent’s worst nightmare is lice. And now, unfortunately, there is apparently a super strain of it going around.
Yup. Just one more thing for you to have to worry about.
Experts have dubbed this new strain “super lice” and alarmingly, it is not responding to normal treatments. This super lice has already reached 25 states.
Kyong Yoon, a Ph.D, stated “We are the first group to collect lice samples from a large number of populations across the U.S…What we found was that 104 out of the 109 lice populations we tested had high levels of gene mutations, which have been linked to resistance to pyrethroids.”
Essentially, the lice have an immunity to pyrethroids, which is one of the main ingredients used to treat lice.
Because of this immunity — and the rampant spreading of the lice — doctors are now being forced to prescribe antibiotics to children (and adults) suffering from this train of super lice. Yikes.
Dr. Pam Shaw from the University of Kansas Hospital is sharing some tips on how parents could handle this unfortunate back-to-school head lice mutant.
“It’s best to use the over-the-counter first, try it twice, do it as directed. And then if it’s not effective, we do have a resistance and we have some medication that we can use.”
Although head lice is a huge nuisance, it is not considered dangerous. Phew!