Prepare Yourselves: These Head Lice Can't Be Killed!
In horrifying news for parents of school-age children - and everyone, really - there are some strains of head lice that are becoming RESISTANT to most hair treatments...
That's it - get us a one way ticket to Mars.
A recent study in the US showed that of 30 US states tested, 25 had lice that were resistant to the main hair treatments, according to Time.
“It’s a really, really serious problem right now in the U.S.”
But don't be fooled into thinking we're safe in Australia... Oh no, we've got the same issues.
According to Nine News, Dr Deon Canyon of the Office of Public Health Studies at the University of Hawaii has said Australia’s got the same issues.
“The more you use a treatment the less effective it becomes… If you keep on spraying you will breed up the ones that are more resistant. If you kill 98 out of 100 and those two left keep multiplying then the next time you put the product on the kid’s head it might only be 50 percent effective.”
lice expert Katie Shepherd spoke to Allure about less drastic forms of lice removal.
“Parents also need to realise they can’t depend fully on that product. It’s not a miracle drug. It’s more important that they comb and pick through the hair. When you comb and pick, you’re not only getting the bugs out, but you’re getting eggs out and you’re actually stopping the cycle.
"Because with products, you’re killing the bugs but you’re not getting all the eggs out, and then the whole problem starts all over again.”
So basically, you've just gotta get your hands dirty and pick those suckers out!
We also apologise for the ghost-head scratching you might be experiencing right now...