Head Lice Are Growing Resistant to Over-the-Counter Chemical Treatments

Head Lice Are Growing Resistant to Over-the-Counter Chemical Treatments

Over the years, head lice have developed a resistance to chemical treatments, from over the counter options to expensive prescriptions. We have seen the media cycle through warnings about how either the improper use of chemicals to treat head lice, or the need to repeat applications of chemicals has led to the mutation of “Super Lice.”

Super-Lice Found in 25 States

Time article

A large number of lice populations have gene mutations that may make it resistant to over-the-counter treatments

Hard to kill super lice are resistant to many chemicals

USA Today Article

The bugs known as super lice have developed genetic mutations that make them resistant to many of the over-the-counter and prescription chemicals that used to kill them.

Head Lice, Getting Drug-Resistant, Shut Down Idaho School

ABC News

Over-the-counter products like Nix and RID have been effective, but now many cases are becoming drug resistant, so head lice outbreaks like the one in Idaho are on the rise.

We see that resistance to chemicals is nothing new across the spectrum of pesticides, from pyrethroids to permethrin and ivermectin. However, in nature, we continue to see pests, insects and parasites avoid certain plants and plant families over millennia of written and oral tradition. The long-term effects of chemical use has proven inconclusive regarding the risks to people, but we can now say with certainty that the long-term effects on pests are proving, well, harmless and ineffective at preventing their spread. We encourage a holistic life style and promote well-being through natural alternatives, but we are seeing a marked value in returning to natural medicine.

When it comes to head lice, prevention is key, and while lice are not a health risk, they can be a profound nuisance and effect the quality of life for children and their families. California schools have vetoed the notion of closure due to lice outbreaks, so, what is the solution to keeping your heads lice-free?

Prevention. Lice Be Gone is an all-natural essential oil blend available in a convenient reusable and recyclable 8 ounce aluminum spray bottle that is effective at preventing AND treating lice infestations. We have found it a great measure against the spread of head lice by treating your child’s head BEFORE infestation, and it works to treat infestations after they occur. Try it for yourself and see what a difference an ounce (or 8) of prevention makes.

Lice Be Gone


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