Getting head lice is easy.
Getting rid of it can be a challenge.
Before you rush to the pharmacy for treatments, Consumer
Reports reveals lice-killing alternatives that are
safe and more effective.
News 8's Martha Koloski has more in today's On Your
Months after her daughter came home from school infested
with head lice, Krystine Rodriguez still checks to
make sure she is lice-free.
I went to the pharmacy.
I asked the pharmacy what was the best treatment to
give, and at the time they mentioned Nix.
Krystine used Nix, one of the insecticides recommended
by doctors and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
But research published by the Journal of Medical Entomology
has found that over 98 percent of lice in the U.S.
are resistant to the
insecticides in popular over-the-counter
treatments such as Nix and Rid.
Lice have built up resistance to pyrethrum and permethrin,
the main ingredients in these products, because of
Getting rid of lice is tricky: You not only have to
remove the live bugs but also kill the eggs and nits,
something the products don't always do.
The chemicals on the market don't kill 100 percent
of the eggs and they can pose some health risks.
Consumer Reports reached out to the makers of Nix
Nix says its active ingredient is still recommended
by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Rid did not respond.
So what is the best way to get rid of these pests?