Treatment-Resistant ‘Super Lice’ Hit 25 States

Treatment-Resistant ‘Super Lice’ Hit 25 States
Male human head louse Gilles San Martin / FlickrCC BY-SA 2.0

At least 25 states have recorded a worsening problem with super lice. According to some scientists, these “super lice” have developed resistance to commercially available treatments.


Claire Roberts, Lice Clinics of America CEO, in a report from KDSK News, said the problem with the so-called super lice has become a source of major concern for millions of parents across the country, especially in 25 states that recorded high incidence of lice.

Roberts said there are some remaining lice-repelling products that remain effective in getting rid of lice. One of which is the AirAllé.

“We use heated air and we dehydrate the lice and the eggs in a single treatment. It takes about an hour, and we guarantee it. Don’t share hats, don’t share hairbrushes [and] try to avoid the actual contact with hair or another head. That’s how the lice are transferred,” Roberts was quoted as saying by KDSK News.

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While the super lice have developed resistance to most products in the market today, there are still that remain effective in removing lice. The report also added that sanitizing the entire house does little to no good as a way to address lice infestation; a quick vacuuming around the house where hair may have fallen and washing toys and other items with hot water usually do the trick.

According to Web MD, lice are parasites that feed on human blood. Although they are hard to detect and get rid of, these tiny bloodsucking parasites don’t live that long. They usually live for a few days and can survive without blood supply for at least 24 hours.

The female lice lay eggs and stick it to the bottom part of the hair, which makes it difficult to see and eradicate. With current development, scientists are working hard to develop more products that can deter and control populations of head lice.