We have all had to deal with the possibility of getting lice. It is very common in elementary schools because the bugs can spread so easily from person to person. Adults who have children or work with children are also likely to catch lice. For the most part, getting lice is simply an inconvenience because it takes time and treatment to get rid of the pest. Now several states are actually dealing with what is called Super lice, which is like a mutant lice. Arizona is one of the states battling this super bug outbreak, and health officials are trying to figure out a solution.
What exactly is super lice?
So what exactly is it that makes super lice different from regular lice? Well they both pretty much do the same thing. When they come into contact with the scalp, they attach themselves and begin to lay eggs. Once these eggs hatch, your head can become invaded with the nasty pest. Normally, an over the counter, safe insecticide can be used to help kill off the lice. However, super lice are almost immune to these insecticides, and will continue multiplying, without dying off. This makes them very hard to get rid of.
Arizona’s super lice
Arizona is one of the top states that is susceptible to the super lice. Lice samples taken throughout the state were observed. 100% of these lice samples were resistant to over the counter insecticides, making them Super lice. This can become a real problem in Arizona schools. Parents should be checking their children at least once a week. Since Super lice are harder to get rid of, the sooner they are located, the better.
What will kill super lice?
If over the counter insecticides are not working, how can we get rid of Super lice? The FDA has approved a new treatment, Air Alle. This treatment provides heated air to controlled areas of the scalp, where the Super lice live. The air from the dryer is supposed to actually dehydrate the Super lice, thus killing them off. The majority of Super lice should fall off onto a towel, and the remainder can be brushed out, or shampooed out of the scalp. This treatment can be completed once, and all Super lice should die off, but a follow up is recommended to be sure.
Pricey cost of treatment
With regular lice, you can go to the store and purchase a couple bottles of insecticide and continue treatment until all lice are killed off. Since these insecticides do not work for Super lice, it looks like your only option is to find a location that uses heat to kill them. This treatment is pricey, costing $175. This is the price for one treatment, meaning that if your family of four all come into contact with the Super lice, you are going to be paying over $500 for treatment.
Even though Arizona and dozens of other states are battling this Super lice outbreak, it is possible the entire United States will see instances of this Super lice. Be diligent in checking your children for lice because you never know if it might be Super lice.