There have been some stories published about lice that are resistant to the insecticides that are used in drugstore lice products. The news outlets are selling the story as regular lice turned to super villains. Unstoppable bugs resistant to treatment throughout the United States! Just look at this headline, “Mutant ‘Super Lice’ Outbreak Has Now Spread to Nearly Every State.” The article went on to say, “A whopping 42 out of 48 states tested are overrun by this so-called super lice.”
“Whopping,” “overrun” you would think that the lice have united and declared war on the human population! And in some ways….they have.
A recent study (March 2016) was published by the Journal of Medical Entomology finding that most head lice are now resistant to the pyrethroid family of insecticides. Looking at the lower 48 states, the study found pyrethroid-resistant lice in 42 of them.
If that’s not scary enough, Another article states, “These buffed up creepy critters have gotten plenty of attention in the past few years, with warnings that they’ve been steadily spreading across the country.” Apparently these lice are hanging out in weight rooms with linemen and professional wrestlers! These “buffed up” lice must be unstoppable. They are taking over the country and cannot be stopped.
Are you afraid yet?
Yes, you can call these insecticide-resistant lice mutants. They have adapted. However, that does not mean that they are mutants in the same way as Wolverine from the X-men is a mutant!
These lice are just resistant to traditional treatment options. If there was only one way to deal with lice, there would be a problem, but that is not the case. Over-the-counter (OTC) lice treatment products commonly use the pyrethroid family of insecticides. However, these OTC products were never able to deal with the lice eggs, called nits, even before these so-called super lice.
Not being able to deal with nits is a huge drawback to the OTC products. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledges that OTC products “can only kill live lice, not unhatched eggs (nits).” This downfall meant that physical removal of the nits was the only real strategy to rely on. The trouble, as anyone who has dealt with removing nits knows, is that it’s hard to get every nit. These nits are small and they stick to the hairs with a substance like glue making it easy to miss a nit or two. In spite of this drawback to physically removing each nit, Consumer Reports has stated that physical removal is the method of choice for dealing with lice.
As you might imagine, it is so easy to miss an egg or two. Failing to remove every single egg will result in continued lice problems. Some parents have had to deal with lice for years because of the difficulty of removing every nit.
An Effective Lice Treatment is here!
Thankfully, insecticides and physical removal are not the only treatment options anymore. Scientists at the University of Utah have developed a much better way to deal with lice.
The researchers observed that lice did not survive in hot dry climates. Based on this observation and 10 years of development, a device was created to effectively deal with lice and nits. This device has been tested in clinical settings and been cleared by the FDA. It works by creating conditions hostile to the lice and nits with carefully controlled heated air.
The product, the AirAllé medical device, is available exclusively through Lice Clinics of America, the world’s largest lice treatment network. The entire process takes about 90 minutes. Parents, educators and healthcare providers now have a safe, fast, and effective lice treatment alternative to medications and to manual nitpicking.
Super lice don’t stand a chance
The AirAllé medical device does not rely on any insecticide family. It doesn’t use chemicals at all so chemical-resistant super lice are no problem. The device is so effective in treating lice that there now more than 230 clinics in 20 countries. If head lice becomes an issue for your family, join us at our Temecula treatment center for a discrete, 100% guaranteed solution.