Back To School: Lice Concerns

Back To School: Lice Concerns

The start of school is just around the corner, and hallways and classrooms will be filling up.

But, what also could be filling up are nurses and doctors offices, due to lousy lice.

"This is something we know will come," said Pediatrician Dr. Cheryl Humphrey,  "and the watershed will open and we'll have to treat our patients."

But according to a new study, in twenty five states, including Texas, many strands of lice are putting up more of a fight.

The study, which was partially funded by pharmaceutical companies that manufacture some prescription lice medications, says strands of super lice do not respond to the traditional over-the-counter medications for lice, like Rid.

It suggests that many strands of lice have mutated to resist the pyrethroid class of insecticides: the main weapon contained in the O.T.C. solutions.

So, is this a conflict of interest, or does this study hold any weight?

"We don't base our treatment on one study. evidence based medicine is where we coming from," Dr. Humphrey said.

However...

"This has been a problem that we've noticed on the horizon since 2000. And we have anticipated that this is going to happen," Dr. Humphrey continued.

Even with the findings, Dr. Humphrey still recommends trying the much cheaper option first.

"Everyone should start out with something over the counter, and not use it more than once or twice. If they notice that the problem hasn't resolved itself, they should come to us," she said.

The keys to beating lice are catching it early and checking your child for the pests often.

W.F.I.S.D. officials say if a student is found with lice, he or she is sent home. But Doctor Humphrey says a child with lice should stay in school the entire day and then be treated that evening at home. That way a student can go back the next day without missing any school. 

Dave Caulfield, Newschannel 6