Myth 4: Resistant Head Lice
Parents spend a fortune on miracle-cure chemicals designed to kill lice, trusting that these expensive products will end their misery. Time after time, they're disappointed with the results. Often their initial optimism is dashed when they find lice within days of treatment; sometimes head lice don't reappear for two to three weeks.
Parents get no explanation for these failures, but they hear vague stories in the news about "resistant" or mutant lice, that is, lice that don't die the minute you zap them with chemicals.
At best we can be suspicious because some head lice seem to survive chemical treatment; at worst it's misinformation. We just don't know what's happening. We know the case of head lice is not being "cured" but we don't know why.
Finding out whether lice have genetically changed would take millions of dollars worth of research, and who's going to pay for that? Not the drug companies-they don't want to know if their chemicals are becoming ineffective.
Independent researchers can do a few field studies, but they can't raise much money because head lice are harmless and just aren't a research priority. But it's great if parents believe in resistant or mutant lice because that puts the blame on the lice, not the drug companies.
What's really happening is that treatments are failing.For whatever reason, the child still has head lice, so the treatment was less than perfect.
If you set out to cure a case of head lice by killing the lice, you have to be 100-percent effective. Every treatment has to kill every egg and every louse every time. Boy is that a tough challenge.
Oh yes, and it has to be harmless to everything else. Clever kind of poison, eh?
You see you can't nearly cure head lice, just like you can't nearly open a Coke or nearly get across the street safely. You have to succeed 100 percent or you fail totally.
Just one egg or louse that wasn't given enough poison or was in the wrong place where the treatment didn't reach, and you have failed.
Sure, they might be resistant, but it's just as likely they just didn't get the right dose. Either way, the result is the same: live lice.
A wonderful lady told me a story about when she went to college-her first time away from her rather strict parents. She and her new roommates headed for the drugstore and bought hair coloring and highlighting kits with peroxide for a girls' night in.
After several hours locked in the bathroom they emerged. And about
the results?"Not exactly like the Clairol ads" is all she
This had made her think about all the head lice treatments that she had used on her kids that had failed. She realised that getting that coloring solution evenly throughout her hair needed skill.
It suddenly hit her just how difficult it was going to be applying a clear liquid or mousse head lice treatment to a squirming, reluctant child.
She realized that she was probably getting much more head lice treatment in some places than others. This is probably what happens to most of us, most of the time. We just miss some of the little critters. But, and this is a big but-how do we know? The packet just says "Check the hair after treating." How exactly do we check?
Without providing parents with a reliable method of checking the products' success (or failure), the drug companies just leave them guessing. Parents must wait to see if their children are lice-free or watch for the next generation of head lice to burst upon them in two or three weeks.
That just keeps them in the vicious circle of banishment/treatment/waiting, and offers no reliable, effective cure
Running a ultra fine comb with the NITMIX Wet Combing Aid through your child's hair will reveal and remove any stragglers, and ensure that reinfestation doesn't occur.
It's easy, and it's reliable-you'll know right away whether you've gotten all the lice and nits, and if you haven't, it removes them then and there.
Read more about this in the Frequently Asked Questions section at www.nitmix.co.uk
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References from the video.
Center for Disease Control, www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/prevent.html
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