Study Shows Lice In At Least 25 States Now Resistant To Common Treatments

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New research suggests head lice are getting even harder to kill.

A study conducted by researchers at Southern Illinois University suggests there is a new species of mutant lice that are resistant to most over-the-counter treatments.

“What we found was that 104 out of the 109 lice populations we tested had high levels of gene mutations, which have been linked to resistance to pyrethroids,” said Kyong Yoon, Ph.D., who conducted the research.  
Head licePyrethroids are a type of insecticide used in many lice treatments.

Yoon said he gathered head lice from 30 states for his study, and he discovered lice in 25 of those states, including Texas, had development resistance to treatments such as RID Lice Killing Shampoo and Nix Cream Rinse.

“If you use a chemical over and over, these little creatures will eventually develop resistance,” Yoon said. “So we have to think before we use a treatment. The good news is head lice don’t carry disease. They’re more a nuisance than anything else.”

Yoon is presenting his findings this week at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.

http://abc13.com/health/new-mutant-lice-resistant-to-common-treatments-in-25-states/946151/

8 thoughts on “Study Shows Lice In At Least 25 States Now Resistant To Common Treatments

  1. “What we found was that 104 out of the 109 lice populations we tested had high levels of gene mutations, which have been linked to resistance to pyrethroids,” said Kyong Yoon, Ph.D., who conducted the research.

    Gene mutations ??? Fukushima radiation !!!

      1. Lice seem like they would be a cakewalk compared to a bad case of scabies or Morgellons. People battle that stuff for years.

  2. This is so sad and unnecessary and fear mongering. The old fashioned natural treatments are the ones that work and the bugs can’t develop resistance to them. Also diatomaceous earth. Totally works. (kind of like how colloidal silver and garlic both work, and there is no way for “germs” to develop resistance to them)

    I really have to (again) wonder if these “researchers” are truly this ignorant.

    1. I used to eat 5-6 raw cloves of Garlic per day while camping / fishing in the Cal Sierra Nevada’s with no bug bites EVER ( camp mates stayed 10+ feet away from me though ). However, I reiterate, given GeoEngineering chemicals and biologicals, GMO, Fukushima all combined, I will argue that ” organic ” is no longer possible or feasible . . .

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