There’s a new strain of head lice that are now being called “super lice.” An outbreak has occurred in at least 25 states. What makes them “Super” is not their size, but the fact that they’re 100% resistant to any over the counter treatment that has been thrown at them.
Parents are becoming frustrated, as typical over the counter treatments, known as Pyrethoids, had a 100% success rate back in 2000, but now the same treatment is only working in 25% of the cases.
There is an FDA approved treatment called AirAlle which was developed by Lice Clinics of America. It has been clinically shown to be effective in treating Super Lice.
Popular home remedies like over-the-counter shampoos, olive oil, mayonnaise, and Vaseline are not recommended by doctors simply because of the fact they are not full proof. They may kill some of the lice, but the likelihood of killing all of them is not high, which just leads to more treatments down the road.