Experiencing Scratching, Itching, Or Hair Loss? Maybe You Have The New Mutated Genetically Superior Super Head Lice? U.S. Outbreak

Are you losing more hair than normal or do you find that you have much less hair now, than you did just a few weeks ago? Are you experiencing shedding or hair thinning? Then you might have come in contact with a new gene of lice called 'super lice'. Super lice have spread all across the U.S. and they are a huge problem because they can bald you fast and expose you to deadly diseases. In some cases, you may lose half of your hair in as little as a few weeks after having contact with them. So, it is important to know as much about them as possible; so let's begin with what they are. 

What Are Super Lice?

Source of image: https://pixnio.com/science/microscopy-images/lice-infestation/body-lice-infestation-is-common-found-worldwide-and-affects-people-of-all-races

Super lice are like normal lice (also called a louse), in the sense that they live in the hair on your head or in your eyebrows, eyelashes, underarm hair, or even pubic hair. They are a parasitic bug/insect that lives by feeding on your blood and dead skin cells. Humans and animals are their host (their food source). 

"Lice are parasites that live on the skin of an affected dog. They are actually a small insect that feeds by chewing on the skin of the dog or by sucking the blood..." Soure: https://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/skin-hair/c_dg_lice_canine_pediculosis

Source of image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lice_Head.png

The adult lice mate with each other. They lay their eggs, which are called nits, near the hair shaft. They reproduce fast because adult lice try to mate with every other lice that is available that is of a decent size. The females then lay several eggs a day. 

Source of image of lice/louse egg: https://www.flickr.com/photos/sanmartin/4900274585

"Head lice incubation period lasts about a week (from 6 to 9 days exactly), which means that head lice eggs or nits hatch occurs about a week after eggs have been laid. Head lice eggs hatch to release a nymph. The latter resembles the adult lice, but of course it is smaller...The adult stage is reached after approximately 7 days... from the laying of the egg to the emergence of adults are 17 days, and the adult will live for about 30-40 days...The lifespan of head lice when adults is about 30 days. This means that head lice, once they have reached the adult stage, will live for about one month." Source: https://headlicecenter.com/head-lice-life-cycle/

Lice can be found all around the world, but super lice are currently an epidemic in the U.S. In 2015, the lice were found in about 25 states, but in 2016, they were found in 48 U.S. states. So now, in 2018, they are very likely in every state all across the U.S. 

Super lice are different from traditional lice because they have evolved and their DNA has mutated to become resistant to many current medicinal lice treatments. 

"Due to a genetic mutation, super lice are resistant to pyrethroids, the family of insecticides contained in common over-the-counter treatments used to kill lice." Source: https://people.com/celebrity/super-lice-outbreak-hits-25-states-what-you-need-to-know/

Since these genetically superior super lice are now resistant to some of our current over-the-counter lice treatments like Nix, it is time to consider updating our current de-licing regiment, and look into new lice treatments, along with natural homeopathic remedies.

Symptoms/Side Effects of Lice

  • Scalp sensitivity
  • Feeling movement on your scalp
  • Scratching
  • Itching

"With lice bites come itching and scratching. This is actually due to a reaction to the saliva of lice. However, the itching may not always start right away — that depends on how sensitive a child's skin is to the lice. It can sometimes take weeks for kids with lice to start scratching. They may complain, though, of things moving around on or tickling their heads." Source: https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/head-lice.html
  • No symptoms. No itching. No scratching.
Source of image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Excessive_dandruff.jpg

"The truth is, symptoms of lice are often the same as symptoms of dandruff or other scalp conditions. Then, kids may also have an active infestation without showing any signs of lice...there are very few symptoms associated to this condition...Just like mosquito bites, you may feel itchy, but  you won’t experience any symptom in your body apart from this one...Sometimes, kids can have an active infestation and not have any associated symptoms during weeks...Some people are not allergic to the substance that lice inject when biting the scalp, and will not feel any itching. This is similar to mosquitos or bees, the bites of which some people do not feel at all." Source: https://headlicecenter.com/head-lice-symptoms/ 
  • Hair loss
  • Balding
  • Hair thinning
  • Malnourishment and Anemia caused by blood loss
  • Dangerous diseases like Typhus
Source of image: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Epidemic_Typhus._Macular_rash.png

"Several of the infectious diseases associated with human lice are life-threatening, including epidemic typhus, relapsing fever, and trench fever, which are caused by Rickettsia prowazekii, Borrelia recurrentis, and Bartonella quintana, respectively. Although these diseases have been known for several centuries, they remain a major public health concern..." Source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1198743X14614439

Who Is Most At Risk For Lice?

  • People who travel a lot or who are around frequent travelers; staying in hotels is a fast way to spread lice.
  • People with young children.
  • Students because of outbreaks in schools and classrooms.
Source of image: https://www.intellectualtakeout.org/article/head-lice-epidemics-are-breaking-out-schools-across-us
  • People who work around sick animals and pets.
  • Anyone who has hair on their body.
  • People who go to a lot of group functions or large events.
  • Anyone who has intimate contact with someone who has lice, or who gets in their bed, or shares products, like hair brushes or towels, with them.

"If you have hair on your head you can get lice. No shampoo, hairspray, jell or lice deterrent product will work 100% of the time. More than 90% of lice cases comes from head-to-head or hair-to-hair contact. You get lice when your head touches someone else’s head that is contagious. This happens through hugs, sharing pillows, taking pictures or selfies." Source: https://www.centerforlicecontrol.com/how-contagious-are-lice/

How To Treat Lice

Source of image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Male_human_head_louse.jpg

You might not like to hear this, but you need to de-lice regularly. When I say regularly, I mean at least once a week. I wash my hair once a week, and each time, I do a strong de-licing treatment to it. The reason for this is because lice are so easy to pick up and they spread like wild fire. Every time we go to an event with a lot of people present, we risk bringing home head lice. So, lice is not a hygiene problem; it is a contact problem. It is not practical though to stop hugging, being close to others, or removing all the hair on your body, so the best option is to treat your hair and scalp regularly. Your hair will be healthier and thank you for it later. 

Step-By-Step Guide To De-lice

1. Use An Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and/or Conditioner - There are two shampoos that I recommend that make my hair feel really clean: D Shampoo and Head & Shoulders. In my opinion, most shampoos seem to focus more on hair damage and moisturization; they don't really make my hair feel squeeky clean, which is really important though when it comes to de-licing. That is why I recommend these two hair products. Head & Shoulders has problems though; it is made with some toxic chemicals, so I avoid it unless I feel that I have gotten exposed to head lice, and I don't have D Shampoo available. So, if you do use Head & Shoulders, make sure you limit how often you use it. I am currently trying to find a replacement for Head & Shoulders, but I have not been able to find one so far. When I do find one, I will share it with you all 😁
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2. Use The Natural Herbal Lotion - This product is amazing for de-licing. You can dilute it since it is very strong, and you can also use it to get rid of things like fleas, ticks, and other bugs that you find around your home.

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Click here to go to the travel size spray Herbal Lotion

The best way to apply a de-licing treatment is to apply it all over your scalp, and then apply some of it to the outer part of your hair. You need to do this everyday if you have a lice outbreak, or each time after going out to an event where there were a lot of people in close contact with you. You also should use this product to kill the lice on your skin, so you should add a little of this to your bath soap, in order to kill the ones all over your body/skin. 

3. Treat EVERYTHING In Your Home That Touches The Body for Lice - You need to wash all sheets, clothes, pillows, mosquito nets, teddy bears, towels, rags, etc. Anything that was used or touched that is not made of plastic or metal must be washed, and/or put in a dryer for at least 20 minutes on hot; 30 minutes is best, but some items may lose their softness if left in a dryer too long, so for those particular items, 20 minutes should still do the trick. 

4. Wipe Down All Counter Tops and Surfaces that were touched while infected with lice with a strong astringent or cleaning agent like bleach, or you can use a natural alternative to bleach. 

5. Spray All Furniture With A Lice Killer like the Herbal Lotion. 

Conclusion: Treating lice takes time and patience, and the new super lice are harder to get rid of than normal lice, so expect them to take longer and to require much more work to remove. De-licing in general though, should become a regular part of your weekly routine for optimal health and wellness. Doing regular de-licing treatments will make your hair look and feel healthier, and it will naturally enhance your beauty and appearance. So as you continue on this road toward health, love your body and treat it as the temple that it is. 

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