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Super Lice on the Rise

Sending your kids off to summer camp is an exciting time for your child. They get to make new friends and play outdoors in the fresh air. However, as a parent you may have secret fears of your child getting injured or becoming sick while at camp. While you are focused on health, there is a rise in lice at summer camps this season. Not only is it lice that spreads quickly, but it is now referred to as ‘super lice’ since it has built up resistance to over-the-counter head lice treatments.

A study at the University of Massachusetts tracked a specific gene connected with head lice resistance in samples of lice from North America and Canada. The results of the study determined that 97.1% in Canada and 99.6% of lice in the U.S possess the gene sequence connected with resistance.

Due to this study companies have had to create new ways to get rid of lice. ClearLice is a natural lice treatment line that has shampoo, conditioner, enzyme laundry additive, household spray and an entire lice treatment kit available that works when others fail. It is free from poison, pesticides and harsh chemicals. This is a breath of fresh air when most parents are concerned about exposing their children to unsafe levels of chemicals in products.

How Do You Know If You Have Head Lice?

If your children are going to sleep away camp you should speak to them about the signs and symptoms of head lice. Encouragement to visit the nurse at camp will guide your children to get the situation taken care of immediately. Most camps have procedures in place to quickly stop the spread of lice. Measures usually include inspecting all children at camp for lice, separating the children from others for lice treatment, washing all bedding and clothing and cleaning each cabin completely.

Sings include itching and excessive scratching of the scalp. Specific areas are behind the ears, back of the neck and close to the hair line. Diagnosis is confirmed by a doctor or nurse and head lice treatment is recommended immediately.

Head Lice are Common

School age children don’t understand what lice is and can make a variety of hurtful comments to others who have contracted the little pests. But, rest easy, lice has nothing to do with hygiene. The medical health officer with Island Health, Dr. Dee Hoyano says “it is important to remember that an infestation should not be a source of shame.”

Head lice does not reflect your economic status or personal hygiene habits. It simply is people coming into contact with one or more of the little creatures and an infestation rapidly takes place. Children are prone to getting head lice because they enjoy sharing hats, clothing, wrestling, playing sports that makes them come in close contact with those who are infected already and may not realize it yet.

Are Head Lice Dangerous?

Dr. Hoyano states that head lice do not carry disease and it is not considered a health hazard. While some patients may develop an infection, it not from the lice itself, it is due to excessive scratching during the lice infestation that causes the skin to break and become infected. The infection does not have any link to the lice other than that is what initially caused the itching.

Treating and Preventing Head Lice

The following suggestions will help you and your family prevent lice and treat lice.

  • Remind your children to avoid swapping hats and clothing with friends
  • Keep a fine-toothed nit comb handy to help remove eggs and adult lice
  • Always ask a doctor or nurse to confirm the diagnosis
  • Wash pillow cases, sheets, bedding, clothes and stuffed animals in enzyme laundry additive detergent and dry the on high for about 20 to 30 minutes to assure the eggs, nymphs and adult lice are killed
  • Vacuum the entire house to prevent others in the household from coming into contact with lice
  • After 2 weeks, repeat the treatment and cleaning process again to avoid re-infestation in case a few eggs were missed

Lice live their entire life on the human scalp. It undergoes three nymph stages before it has moulted and metamorphosed into adulthood. The nymphs and adults feed on blood to survive by biting the skin. Their saliva allows blood to flow since it contains an anti-coagulant. The saliva is what causes excessive itching. Female adult lice lay their eggs on the hair itself by sticking them with hard glue.

ClearLice: Get Rid of Lice

Super lice may sound scary and make you vision a mutant lice that is larger than an ant, but it simply is head lice that have built up resistance to common cures. While your kids are at day camp or sleep away camp remind them to keep an eye on others who may be scratching their scalps excessively and encourage them to stay away from them and tell an adult. Also checking your children for lice when they come home will help catch it early so treatment can begin immediately. Get rid of lice today with chemical free ClearLice natural lice treatment.

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