Stop Worrying about Super Lice. Boston Magazine interviewed us today to learn more about super lice. In this blog post in Boston Magazine interviewed Berit Pratt the founder of NitWits. Berit reminds parents that they do not need to freak out about all the recent hype about Super Lice. Super Lice are the same as the head lice we have always had.
Stop Worrying about Super Lice. Head lice are successful obligate parasites. This means that in order for the species to survive they must be able to adapt to any challenges placed in their path. Challenges such as pesticides intended to kill head lice. Head lice have now become resistant to pesticides.
Stop Worrying about Super Lice. Head lice are just doing what they have always done, which is to be able to develop gene mutations that make them not susceptible to chemicals that we humans try to treat them with. This is true for all bugs, bacteria included. If you put chemicals on organisms enough times, they will become resistant.
lice bugs live exclusively in human hair close to the human scalp. However you are unlikely to ever see a live louse because lice are clear like a jelly fish when they are alive so you can look right through them. You are more likely to see some nits on the hair. Nits are the eggs of lice and nits look like small sesame seeds. Nits are all the same size and shape and usually close to the scalp. The nits need the heat of the scalp to incubate properly so that they can hatch and become lice.
lice bugs. For thousands of years head lice have thrived on human scalps. Other primates have their own genetically different versions of lice that are similar to, but not the same, as human head lice. How do you get head lice out of your hair? Combing with the OMG Nit Comb is really the only proven treatment that works. Permethrin pesticide shampoos have become ineffective has head lice have mutated to become resistant.
lice bugs. Parents get very stressed out about head lice, but they need not be worried. Head lice are manageable and they are harmless. Head lice do not carry any disease. If your child had head lice for a year, there would be no harm done to her health. In fact many kids do have head lice for 6 months to a year, with no symptoms whatsoever. Most people never develop itching symptoms from lice, at least not in the first 2 months of the lice infestation.
The biggest problem for parents is a lack of accurate information about head lice and a strong stigma. There are many urban myths about lice that continue to circulate amongst the parent community. These myths lead parents to vacuum, bag, and launder everything in the house, non of which is indicated for head lice. To learn more contact the lice experts at NitWits Boston