Super lice have taken over 25 states and aren't slowing down
"Super lice" have taken over 25 states in the U.S. and show no signs of slowing down. These special lice are resistant to over-the-counter treatments, making them extremely difficult to get rid of.
In 2000, pyrethroids would work 100 percent of the time in killing lice, but only worked only in 25 percent of cases by 2013. These super lice were first spotted in Virginia and Texas but now plague 50 percent of the country.
To combat these super resistant creatures, Lice Clinics of America created a new weapon called AirAllé, ABC10 reports.
"We use heated air and we dehydrate the lice and the eggs in a single treatment," Claire Roberts, CEO, Lice Clinics of America said. "It takes about an hour, and we guarantee it."
The device is FDA approved and costs about $170 but may be covered by insurance. Prescription medication or and combing can also get rid of the super creatures, bur the best option in the fight against the lice is prevention.
"Don't share hats, don't share hairbrushes," Roberts said. "Try to avoid the actual contact with hair or another head. That's how the lice are transferred."
If someone in your family does get lice, experts say just vacuum, wash bedding in hot water, and put stuffed animals and clothing in a hot dryer.