Getting head lice is never a pleasant experience. Getting rid of lice is only getting harder.
Sure, it might be awhile before you actually start to see or feel the signs and symptoms, it typically takes about four weeks/10,000 bites before the sensitization process that causes itching kicks in, but when it does it can leave your head sore, red, itchy, and in a whole lot of discomfort.
Unfortunately, it appears this potential problem is only getting worse. With the rise of over-the-counter head lice treatments more and more strands of head lice are becoming inherently immune to these chemical head lice removal Bergen County NJ and across the United States.
According to NBC’s Oklahoma affiliate KFOR, lice samples from 84 people from various different countries found that 99.6% of head lice have some sort of gene mutation that made them immune to common lice removal chemicals like permethrin and pyrethrin. These strains of lice have already been found in at least 25 U.S. states and is one of the reason lice removal Bergen County NJ services have opened up to new kinds of treatment centers.
“It’s almost saturated with [these genes], which means that people using permethrin and pyrethrin-based products will probably have a very hard time controlling the lice,” said Kyong Sup Yoon, lead author of multiple lice removal studies and associate professor of biological sciences and environmental sciences at Southern Illinois University.
As the article points out, one of the places many parents are turning to is “nitpickers,” or lice removal Bergen County NJ and across the country that physically hand pick each individual louse and even eggs from a person’s scalp. Usually there are only about 10 live lice on a child’s head who’s infected at any given time.
In the same way that strands of bacteria can become immune to antibiotics and create “super bacteria” it is now happening with head lice. If you’re in need of lice removal Bergen County NJ or anywhere else in the country it’s a good idea to consider chemical free lice removal.