'Super lice' invade North Carolina

'Super lice' spreading across the country

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Parents are on alert as the so-called "super lice" continues to take the nation by storm. Now more than half the country has confirmed cases including the Carolinas.

The biggest obstacle schools and parents face in this battle is the fact that super lice are resistant to over-the-counter treatments.

"By Friday she was itching so bad she couldn't sit still," said Ashley Wilmesher.

 While its not tough to pick up, doctors say the super lice is a hard bug to squash.

"You can't just take care of that yourself by running to the local pharmacy," said Dr. Gen Brauning, Novant Health.

Super lice have found a way to outsmart scientists.  At least for now, they can't be killed with the chemical that used to be 100 percent effective.  That same chemical only works 25 percent of the time now.  However, even super lice are no match for a new weapon used by the Lice Clinics of America. It's called AirAllé.

"We use heated air and we dehydrate the lice and the eggs in a single treatment," said Claire Roberts, CEO, Lice Clinics of America.  "It takes about an hour, and we guarantee it."

That guarantee is FDA approved, but costs a pretty penny- $170.

Here are a few tips on how to deal with super lice: vacuum anywhere hair has fallen, wash their bedding in hot water

and toss stuffed animals or clothes in the hot dryer for 30 minutes.

"If you're child is diagnosed with lice you really to schedule an appointment," said Brauning.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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