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How to Minimize Exposure to Super Lice

Once again news items warn about the potential increase in the spread of “super lice”. The owners of Lice Treatment Center® recently spoke with several school and camp administrators about how to minimize exposure to Super Lice and how to treat them should a child become infested. Ms Solovay, president of LTC, said, “The term ‘Super Lice’ describes head lice that do not respond to conventional treatments. One of the symptoms of lice is itchiness. In extreme cases, you may even be able to see the bugs in someone’s hair. Experts say often there are not a lot of options for getting rid of the pests.”

Adrian Picheny, LTC’s director of Schools and Camps explained, “Super Lice have become resistant to the standard over-the-counter treatments that are available.” He said, “Sectioning the hair and using a special comb to remove the bugs and the eggs is the best way to get rid of lice. The bugs do not fly or jump; they crawl. They can live off of a head for up to 48 hours. They are most commonly spread through head to head contact. Though you might think of super lice as something that only affects kids, that’s not always the case. The bugs are only about the size of a sesame seed. The eggs, called nits, are even smaller. The nits are going to be very, very small, about the size of a poppy seed. They have kind of a teardrop shape and they stay glued to the hair. And in theory, movie goers who sit in a theater seat where somebody with lice had been sitting before them, could get head lice that way.”

Ms Solovay advised the administrators, “Your best strategy is to prevent super lice from becoming a problem in the first place. That’s why parents should be told that if someone in the family gets lice the entire family should be checked, and everyone should be made aware of how lice spread. Though lice can be a problem all year long, we often see an uptick in the Summer, as people travel and kids go to Summer camps. Then, if they contract lice during the Summer and aren’t treated, they can bring them back to school with them in the Fall. That’s why so many schools and camps now contract with Lice Treatment Center® to conduct periodic lice screenings to prevent lice from arriving or spreading among those populations.

Lice Treatment Center®, Liz Solovay and LTC Medical Director, Dr. Elin Cohen, said parents should be confident that their children can stay lice-free both at Summer camps and throughout the school year. So if their local schools or Summer camps do not offer lice screening, parents should proactively arrange for their families to be checked prior to leaving for camp and going back to school. Lice Treatment Center offers a line of safe, non-toxic lice repellent products that provide a level of protection against head lice as well as a full line of safe treatment products that have proven effective among LTC’s more than 350,000 users. For information about LTC’s products and LTC’s services please visit our website

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