Treatment Resistant Lice in Georgia, South Carolina

A medical alert for Georgia and South Carolina.
A new species of head lice, called “super lice” may be drug-resistant.
Doctors say so far 12 million school-aged kids have the mutant lice and the common over-the-counter treatment for it, isn’t working.

It”s enough to make you want to itch.

These super lice, mutant lice, whatever you want to call them.
Researchers say the over-the-counter treatment most commonly used may not work.
Some warn of trying to treat for lice, if your kids don’t have them.

Pharmacist Bobby Newsome is getting settled in his new digs at Barney’s.
He’s also warning parents about a new potentially drug-resistant species of head lice.

Deon Guillory asked, “Why would you say that now, all of a sudden, there’s a resistance?”
Newsome replied, “Much like with bacteria and antibiotics, you get a ten day course. The pharmacist and the physician will tell you you need to finish that ten day course, if you stop taking it in five days, it gives that bacteria a chance to build immunity to the antibiotic, so lice are the same way.”

25 states, including Georgia and South Carolina, have the treatment-resistant lice, according to research presented at the American Chemical Society’s national meeting.

The Centers for Disease Control says to prevent the spread of lice, you need to avoid head to head contact. Parents, that may be very difficult for your kids, but you need to tell them not to share hats, helmets, headbands and even hairbrushes.

Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person wore or used during the two days before treatment using the hot water.
Also Vacuum the floor and furniture.

Experts say it’s important to properly use the nit comb that comes with lice treatment, keeping them from spreading is key.

“They can’t fly. They can’t jump. They just can crawl, but they can crawl very fast,” Newsome said.

Newsome says parents shouldn’t go out now to try to treat their kids for lice if they don’t have it.
That’s what causes the resistance.

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