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Super lice: the superbug that's immune to typical treatment

By: Canadian Living
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Super lice: the superbug that's immune to typical treatment

By: Canadian Living
Hand with the words As if having lice in your hair wasn't bad enough, now you can get super lice! This new variant of lice was discovered in a study by the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The scientist looked at lice found across Canada and the United States and found that 99.6 per cent of lice tested were resistant to typical chemical lice treatments you find at the drugstore. You're probably wondering how these super lice came to be. The lice were able to build up a resistance because people who were treating their hair for lice weren't using the chemical products correctly. Most likely they weren't using enough of the product or weren't following the instructions and leaving the product on for the specified time. Since the lice were exposed to the chemicals but weren't killed by them, they slowly built-up a resistance to those chemicals. At this point your head is probably itching and you're panicking about how are you going to get rid of lice if you ever get them. Don't worry there is a treatment. Instead of using chemical-based products, try natural remedies like tea tree oil. Cover your hair in tea tree oil and then a hair cap. Sleep with the oil in over night and wash it out in the morning. You should of course still wash all bedding and coats as well as putting pillows and stuffed animals in garbage bags for at least a week to kill all the lice and eggs. You can also pick out the lice and nits using a nit comb. If you're squeamish about lice picking you can hire a company to do it for you. You can even throw a lice party! ©istockphoto.com/iJacky
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