Super Lice Invade Connecticut

This article was published on: 02/24/16 10:26 PM by Curt

Super lice, resistant to over-the-counter treatments, have invaded 25 states, and Connecticut is on the list. Scientists have found that super lice cannot be killed with the chemicals used in most over-the-counter treatments, which is successful less than 25 percent of the time, but there is a costly, FDA approved treatment in use by the Lice Clinics of America, which may be covered by most insurances. The cost is $170, and uses heated air to dehydrate the lice and eggs in a single treatment, called AirAlle.

Prescription medication or nit-picking and combing can still get rid of these nasty creatures, but both options take time and multiple treatments. The best treatment for combating lice is prevention. Parents should teach their kids a few basics.

Don’t share hats or hairbrushes. Avoid the actual contact with hair or another head. That’s how the lice are transferred.

If your child does get lice, don’t go crazy sanitizing your house. Just vacuum, especially anywhere hair might have fallen. Wash bedding in hot water and throw stuffed animals and clothing in a hot dryer for 20 to 30 minutes. Lice can’t live without a blood supply after 24 hours.

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