Lice is a nasty and embarrassing little parasite that plagues the heads of anyone. In the old days we just had Lice to deal with, today parents have “Super Lice” to deal with.
A strain of so-called ‘super lice’ has hit a reported 25 states, causing concern and frustration among parents because the bugs can’t be killed with most over-the-counter treatments. The treatments, known as pyrethroids, had a 100 percent success rate in 2000 against lice but now only work in 25 percent of cases, KSDK.com reported.
A new FDA-approved treatment called AirAlle, which was developed by Lice Clinics of America, has been found to be effective against the super lice, with treatments costing about $170.
What Does Super Lice Look Like and What Does It Do?
Super Lice is ugly as sin and feeds on the blood of their victims like vampires. They lay eggs called “Nits”. A good place to look for these “Super Lice Nits” are behind the ears and the back of the neck where the hair lays. Are you scratching your head yet? Yeah me too!
With head lice treatments costing $170 a head I thought it would be a good idea to tell people how they can prevent their kids from getting head lice at school. To get professional advice see a Doctor. All I can tell you is that I have never had head lice because I do this when I know people are around that have it.
Supplies for head Lice Prevention
- Empty Spray Bottle
- Listerine Mouth Wash
Pour the listerine in the empty bottle. Spray it on your kid’s head before they leave for school. If you want spray some on your own head if you’re feeling a little unsure! lol
Killing Super Lice
Killing Super Lice is no joke and it is not easy. Some families have had it up to a year. Persistence & knowledge is the key to killing this awful little bug. If shaving your head completely bald is NOT an option read on.
3 Myths About Killing Super Lice
- Only dirty scummy people get lice. The fact of the matter is that super lice prefer a clean head but they will take a dirty one if it is available.
- Over the counter medication is guaranteed to work.
- You only have to treat the head of the infected people.
Supplies for Killing Super Lice
- You need a metal super lice comb, do not get the plastic ones they are a waste of money.
- Get Cetaphil Skin Cleanser
- Get Listerine
- Garbage Bags
- Hair Blow Dryer With High Heat
Execute Super Lice
OK now it’s time to get to work and kill these pesky little creatures. Here is what you need to know. Lice can live up to 72 hours with no host to feed off of. You will need to use this to your advantage. Over the counter and some prescription drugs have been known NOT to work. In the old days they used gasoline or kerosene to kill lice. However I don’t even think I need to tell you how dangerous this is.
Using this method below people that have not been able to get rid of “Super Lice” have been able to get rid of it this way permanently.
First Step In Killing Super Lice
Apply Cetaphil Lotion To Scalp
Put the Cetaphil skin cleanser into a squeezable container with a nozzle if it did not come that way. Set the infected person down on a chair and cover their shoulders with a towel. Make sure hair is dry. Start at the left top of the scalp and apply the lotion in a zigzag format all over the scalp. If you child has long hair apply as much as is needed to get all the hair covered with the lotion.
Comb Out The Cetaphil Lotion
Wait 2 minutes for the lotion to take effect. Then get a regular comb and start coming out the lotion. Comb out as much lotion as you can, this will help in the hair drying process next. Move on to the metal comb and comb out any “Nits” that are in the hair.
Blow Dry The Hair
Now blow dry the hair on high heat. Get everything dry clear down to the scalp. Leave the hair alone and do not apply anything else overnight.
When the victim wakes up the next day just wash the hair with regular shampoo. Afterwards you can spray on some listerine for a measure of protection.
Complete Extermination of Super Lice
The above steps only treat the scalp of the person but remember that they can live up to 72 hours without blood. This is where the garbage bags come in. Take everything that the infected victim touched and put it in a garbage bag. These items would be stuffed animals, pillows, cushions etc. Leave the in the garbage bags for at least 3 days and all the lice will be dead. Lice only lay “Nits” on the hair follicles of a scalp so you do not have to worry about nits on the pillows or stuffed animals.
Take all the clothes that the victim wore in the past 3 days and dry them for at least 30 to 40 minutes. This will dehydrate and kill all the super lice in the clothes.
Vacuum all carpets, couches and chairs in the house.
I hate these nasty bugs and I hope you do too. Being a responsible parent make sure that if you child has lice that you contain it and do not send them to school until they are clean.