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"Super lice" spreads to the Carolinas

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A louse (Source: Pediatric Hair Solutions) A louse (Source: Pediatric Hair Solutions)

Super lice is in 25 states including the Carolinas and Georgia. Some cases are so bad that over-the-counter treatments and even prescriptions don't work.

Unlike regular lice, super lice are resistant to over-the-counter lice kits and prescription pesticides as well.

According to expert Maureen Rable at Pediatric Hair Solutions, “the majority of lice out right now is super lice and it’s not going away.”

Lice are tiny insects that feed on the scalp and can easily spread from person to person with head-to-head contact, or by sharing hair combs or brushes or even clothing.

You can also get lice by putting your head against another person’s head, like you do when taking a selfie.

Rable says clean conditions make for good breeding in hair.

"Lice thrive in clean hair on the human head," she said. "They don't like to be anywhere else, they won't go on your pets. They like clean hair, they like thick hair."

Rable says prevention helps to stop the spread of lice. School-aged kids often get it, share it at school and bring it home.

A letter went home to parents in one classroom at Simpsonville Elementary School.

A Greenville County district spokesperson says- it's routine for the school whenever there's a case.

Pediatric Hair Solutions says avoiding secrecy helps to stop it from spreading.

"They also need to inform the families that your kids are in close contact with because keeping it a secret is only going to make it a cyclical problem," Rable said. "We also ask that you tell the school nurse so we can hopefully catch it, in the classroom."

Heat stops it as well.

Unlike traditional treatments that only kill the adult lice, Pediatric Hair Solutions uses heated air to kill the eggs as well.

The treatment is called air alle (air a-lay) and costs about $200.

"What it does is a heated timed air flow, that desecrates the egg and dehydrates it and when we're done with a 30 minute treatment, all that's left are shell casings," Rable said.

They then comb out those casings for patients. They also offer post treatment solution to use at home.

Because there is often so much shame in having head lice, Pediatric Hair Solutions offers anonymous information sharing on their website where someone can share the person or school that may be affected. Then pediatric hair solutions lets them know they may have been exposed to lice.

For more information, visit the Pediatric Hair Solutions website.

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