Lice Outbreak Closes School in Idaho — Are Lice Becoming Stronger?

Is Head Lice on the Rise?

Lice, just hearing or reading that word makes my head itch. Like right now I’m typing this with one hand while I scratch my scalp with the other.  Just the thought of it is annoying and sadly, the amount of real cases is on the rise.

Lice is a plague for the school age set with an estimated 12 million cases in the United States each year. While it’s more of a nuisance, inconvenience and annoyance,  in the past it could be cured with simple over the counter products. But now there is news that head lice is becoming more drug-resistant making instances of infestation more common. An example of this?

Indian Creek Elementary School in Kuna, Idaho was forced to close for two days after about sixty students and nine staff members were found to have head lice. One of the problems seems to be that lice about becoming more resistant, evolving to survive. As ABC News notes, there was a time when treatments like Nix and RID would do the job but they aren’t as effective as they once were. And parents are not pleased with the influx.

“People get really freaked out when their kids get it,” said Dr. Ari Brown an pediatrician in Texas and author of “Baby 411” to ABC News. “They think, ‘Oh, my gosh, my kids are dirty.’ But lice don’t care what economic class you are in,” she said. “Parents also worry that they are going to get it, too. They are disgusted by the whole concept.”

With cases of lice on the rise, there is a whole new area of cottage industries to combat them. ABC News mentions Fairy Tales Hair Care‘s Rosemary Repel which is a preventative shampoo that contains natural ingredients that lice aren’t fond of, so they reportedly avoid making homes in heads that have these scents.  Then there is Hair Fairies, a national chain with locales in places like San Francisco, Chicago and New York City, which is a salon that specializes in treating head lice.

Have you noticed a rise of cases of head lice in your community?

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