You’ve probably seen stories in the news about the spread of Super Lice. Georgia is one of many states experiencing outbreaks of the resistant strain of head lice. In order to prevent Super Lice from hitting your family, it’s important to know the best treatment options. The following are facts about Super Lice:
- A recent study shows 99% of all head lice have genetic mutations that help them resist common over-the-counter and prescription strength lice treatments.
- Lice shampoos like Rid and Nix are not only less effective, they are not ovicidal. That means they only kill live lice, and have no affect on lice eggs. Each egg must be combed out manually with a lice comb.
- Head lice have a life cycle of 21 days. If a single egg is missed during a comb out, your child can experience persistent head lice for months. Parents using shampoos and combs assume they have the problem under control while a few left behind eggs develop into live bugs.
- Effective head lice eradication involves physically killing lice and eggs rather than using chemicals. Head lice cannot become resistant to a physical method of eradication.
- The Centers for Disease Control estimates there are 12,000 cases of head lice in Atlanta every month.
- Anyone can get head lice and they actually prefer their hosts be clean.
How to Treat Super Lice
The most successful head lice treatment method with a 100% success rate uses a non-toxic solution in combination with a heated air device called the AirAlleTM. The FDA cleared AirAlleTM kills lice and their eggs by dehydrating them with heat in a single treatment that takes approximately 30 minutes.
This treatment option is now available to families in the Atlanta area. Pediatric Hair Solutions is owned and operated by medical professionals. Sheila Fassler, RN and her husband, John Fassler, MD, wanted to provide families with a safe, medically sound and effective treatment for head lice.