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Super lice are here to kill your good hair day


If you ever had to sit on a stool while the school nurse yanked a comb through your hair—and, worse, found something worth calling your mother about—you know there are few things more horrible for the elementary school social climber than a case of lice. It means constant checking, picking out nits, shampooing with stinky ointments, washing all your stuff and worrying about every little itch.

 

Well, scientists have bad news. A new study shows that lice are becoming more and more difficult to get rid of. A new strain is even proving to be resistant to common over-the-counter treatments. And, to make this even harder to take, these nasty little buggers are spreading faster than anyone thought they would. A poll of moms in the U.S. showed that one-third of parents were unable to treat their kid’s lice with a traditional medication. Holy super lice, Batman.

 

There IS a ray of sunshine in the form of tea tree oil and other more time consuming natural remedies. Picking through a removing nits is still effective, and applying the oil does seem to do the buggies in. And if all else fails? Well, call the doc.

 

Have you had lice? Tell your horror stories in the comments below.

 

 

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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 3/12/2014 7:53:00 PM

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