Super Lice

A concern for parents whose kids are heading back to school may be a new super lice bug.

The new strain is resistant to over-the-counter treatments and has been found in 25 states, including Illinois.

Experts say prevention is key to stopping the spread of the bug.

“It’s really head-to-head contact, lice do not jump, they do not fly, it is all hair-to-hair, head-to-head contact,” said Diane McGinley, Owner of Shiny Strands. “So the best way to prevent would be to wear your hair high and tight to the head, buns, braids, ponytails those kinds of measures.”

But if you are infested, the best way to rid the bug is to intensely and thoroughly comb the hair, pulling out the bugs along the way.

It can take about two weeks for a person to notice lice in the head, as itching is an allergic reaction to the lice’s saliva.

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