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The more you know about lice and how to treat or remove them from your hair and
home, the more success you’ll have in eliminating them! Below are common questions that will provide you with the lice facts you need.
If you still can’t find an answer to your question, just ask!
Super lice, like regular lice, are parasitic insects that can live in the scalp and feed on human blood. Due to a genetic mutation, super lice have developed resistance to the common active ingredients found in over-the-counter treatments that kill lice.
Super lice are indistinguishable in appearance from head lice. They are tiny, wingless insects that live on the human scalp. They are about as big as sesame seeds and can be seen without magnification. However, lice eggs are about the size of poppy seeds and are challenging to see because their color easily blends in with the infested child’s hair.
The symptoms of super lice are the same as regular lice. The most common sign of an infestation is itching. However, an infestation may continue even after itching stops. With a first case of head lice, itching may not develop for 4 to 6 weeks. In fact, an infestation may be present even if there is no itching. Some children experience no symptoms. Never initiate treatment unless there is a clear diagnosis of head lice.
Because super lice and lice don’t differ in appearance, the same lice detection process
should be followed.
Super lice spread in the same manner as regular lice, the most common of which is through head-to-head contact with another infested person or by sharing personal items. Lice cannot fly or jump, but they can crawl very quickly. In fact, lice are not likely to leave a healthy head unless there is a heavy infestation.
To prevent an infestation from spreading, DON’T allow head-to-head contact and DON’T
share or borrow hair items (e.g., combs, headbands, etc.), headgear (e.g., hats, headphones, etc.), or other personal items.