New mutant head lice resistant to common treatments

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A new and potentially drug-resistant species of head lice is showing up on the heads of kids around the U.S.

A study found 95 percent of lice populations collected from 30 states tested positive for a mutation resistant to common over-the-counter treatments.

Health officials say you really do have to get in there and pick the lice out of your child’s hair.

Fight the instinct to over-treat, or give preventive treatments — because that’s actually contributing to the resistance problem.

If the lice won’t die or they come back, a doctor can prescribe a shampoo with stronger chemicals that should be effective with resistant lice.