Super Lice is on the rise
Super lice are invading the head of hundreds of kids in Missouri. Getting rid of the insects it is not easy. The FDA recently approved a new treatment available in the St. Louis area. News channel 5’s Christina Coleman shows us how it works.
[Reporter]. There is a heating device that kills the insects and dehydrates the eggs and there is a clinic in Missouri that offers this treatment.
Lice Clinics of America St. Charles has seen its share of Super Lice. The creatures are resistant to the chemicals in most over the counter treatments.
[Lice Clinics of America St. Charles] The Super Lice has been really bad. We have seen over 250 customers with it. Most of our clients have tried everything already that is over the counter and even prescription and cannot get rid of it.
[Mom] It is very frustrating because you have to spend hours combing their hair and you don’t want to put the over-the-counter shampoos in their head over and over again.
[Reporter] These girls went to Lice Clinics of America St. Charles, Missouri after they got Super Lice.
[girls] It was itchy. [mom] we had to clean everything the slept on.
[reporter] The clinic is also seeing more teens with Super Lice.
[Lice Clinics of America St Charles] Selfies help with the transfer of lice because we are putting our heads together when we take pictures. We are getting really close. We are seeing more teenage girls get lice.
[Reporter] The clinic uses a heating device that takes about 30 minutes to kill the live lice and dehydrate the eggs.
[Mom} I got the heat treatment and it was gone.
[Reporter] If your child does get lice experts say vacuum, especially anywhere where hair might have fallen. Wash bedding in hot water and place stuffed animals and clothing in a hot dryer for 30 minute. Lice cannot live without a blood supply after 24 hours