'Super' lice resistant to over-the-counter treatment invade WNY

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - A super strain of lice has hit New York and with school less than a month away, many parents are now on alert.

According to ABC.com, Massachusetts Pesticide Analysis Laboratory and professors from the University of Massachusetts, presented preliminary findings from their study on mutant lice at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in Boston on Tuesday.

Researcher collected lice from 30 states across the U.S and found that of those samples, 25 states had lice with mutations. Those mutations leaving over-the-counter lice treatments ineffective.

Although these studies are still in the preliminary stages, Dr. Marissa Burg M.D., a pediatrician with Amherst Pediatrics, says if first you don’t succeed try and try again.

“The most common reason we see for resistance is that the treatment is not applied correctly,” Burg said.

He adds that some over-the-counter treatments may still be effective if you follow the instructions closely. “Most of the time the over-the-counter products work fine and in the case they don’t we can give you a prescription.”

Despite common belief, keeping children with lice out of school is not recommended. Both the American Association of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses say although a nuisance, lice do not spread disease. 




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