“Super lice” popping up across the nation including in WNY

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — There’s new information coming out about a lice that is resistant to over-the-counter medicines. It is being dubbed the super lice because it withstands medicine intended to kill it.

Doctors say the lice isn’t new and parents should not be overly concerned about it.

“If after using products correctly and still seeing live bugs, you might have a resistant bug,” local pediatrician, Dr. Michael Heimerl said.

Dr. Heimerl says most cases can still be treated with standard medication.

The idea of a super lice, resistant to all common remedies, doesn’t sit well with parents.

“I am really concerned about that,” said Tonia Carr, a Buffalo mom. “I mean, anything they do, touching and anything like that, especially with little kids, I am super concerned about.”

“I am a little concerned with the kids starting school,” said Denise Motyka, a mom of four from Buffalo. “I hope they find something over-the-counter without a lot of chemicals.”

The medicine to treat the super lice is stronger than the other medicine commonly used, combed through a person’s hair.

“There are other agents that are prescription that might cause more side effects and be more harmful if used,” said Dr. Heimerl.

He adds, lice – resistant or not – is only a pest and doesn’t pose any real risks.

“They are not harmful or spread diseases,” said Dr. Heirmerl. “They might cause itching to the scalp and there is a “skeezey’ factor but people shouldn’t feel bad about having lice.”

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