As super lice spread, parents can still get effective treatment over the counter

Back to school can mean the unpleasant possibility of coming in contact with head lice. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lice infestation affects more than 12 million U.S. children each year, and is the second most frequent health issue for kids ages 3 to 11.

Adding to parents’ concerns is the recent news from the American Chemical Society that pesticide-resistant super lice have been identified in 25 states. Genetic mutations have occurred over time enabling strains of lice to become increasingly resistant to the active ingredients permethrin and pyrethroids used in many pesticide-based OTC treatments.

According to the ACS, “Scientists report that lice populations in at least 25 states have developed resistance to over-the-counter treatments still widely recommended by doctors and schools.” This statement could be misconstrued to imply that all OTC products are ineffective, and that only those treatments available by a prescription will work. Thankfully, that’s not true.

Parents deserve a more complete picture of the effective OTC options available to them, without feeling like the only solution is a potentially costly prescription which may not be readily available to all families.

Jason Schmidt is the Director of Research & Development for TyraTech, whose groundbreaking work produced Vamousse, the latest innovation in effective, pesticide-free head lice solutions.

“While it is perfectly fine to get a doctor’s advice, parents should be aware of new options available to them without a doctor’s visit, such as Vamousse, which dehydrates lice and nits,” said Schmidt. “Vamousse kills lice without the use of the pesticides to which some strains of super lice are becoming increasingly resistant.”

Available over the counter nationwide, Vamousse offers a Lice Treatment for infestations and a Lice Defense shampoo for daily use. Both products use only non-toxic, pesticide-free ingredients to control lice so there is no concern about pesticide resistance.