Kids in the Dallas-Fort Worth area might get lice this Halloween. Here’s why.

They feed on human blood and might go after your child this Halloween. This isn’t a joke. It’s lice.

Around Halloween, lice centers see a spike in cases, said Claire Roberts, CEO of Lice Clinics of America.

“Any time there are holidays and … and friends gathered together, particularly young age groups and they are hugging and putting their heads together, that’s how lice gets passed,” Roberts said.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports about 6 million to 12 million lice infestations in kids ages 3 through 11 years old each year.

During Halloween, risk is high, as children swap hats, hairbrushes, wigs and costumes. Roberts said most people shouldn’t worry about renting or borrowing costumes to wear in the future, because lice can’t survive without blood for 24 hours. (Also, 30 minutes in the dryer kills lice, she said.) But, swapping headgear back and forth could spread lice.

“A parent should be aware and they should check their child’s head over the next few days and weeks afterwards,” Roberts said.

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UNSUSPECTING DALLAS-FORT WORTH MOMS CAUSE SPREAD OF LICE

Most moms in the Dallas area want the best for their children and are diligent about keeping them safe and healthy. When they discover their child has head lice they often become desperate and frantically search for a cure. Unfortunately, there is a lot of incorrect information out there.

Well-meaning friends or relatives might suggest home treatments such as mayonnaise or petroleum jelly. Some of these remedies actually do kill some of the lice. However, they have no effect at all on the eggs. Other moms will run to the drugstore and buy over-the-counter remedies only to discover they are less than 50% effective.

Unfortunately, many moms will try over-the-counter treatments again and again only to end up with the same results: their children still have lice. And the longer their  children have lice, the more likely they are to spread it to others.

The good news is that there are effective ways to treat your children. For example, heated-air technology has been clinically proven to kill lice and their eggs. Many mothers also report that comb-out services from professional nit pickers can be effective, but may take several hours to complete, and may require additional at-home combing or repeat treatments for up to two weeks.

Our hope is that moms will end the stress and aggravation caused by head lice by spreading the truth about what really works, and what doesn’t. Because, the spread of truth reduces the spread of lice.

Up To 3/4 of Lice Population Now Resistant To Conventional Treatments

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – You have heard about lice, but what about “super lice?”

Lice has become resistant to conventional shampoo treatments. A study of lice by UMass Amherst pesticide toxicologist John Marshall found that 2/3 to 3/4 of lice are now immune to conventional treatments, and are classified as “super lice.”

Lice is most commonly spread when people touch heads, and children remain particularly at risk, because school is still in session.

It is harder to remove lice from long hair than it is from short hair, because of small lice known as “nits.”

Dr. Yolanda Lenzy of Lenzy Dermatology and Hair Loss Center in Chicopee told 22News how to get rid of “super lice.”

“Lice, just like bacteria, can become resistant when exposed to the same agents over and over again. So with anything, it is important to rotate treatment plans when something is not working,” Lenzy said.

Pesticide resistance dates back to World War II.

The FDA has approved three prescription treatments to get rid of lice, which suffocates the lice with a high level of alcohol.

It’s important to remember that just because someone has lice, it does not necessarily mean that they are unclean.

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