Lice in MO and KS are getting tougher to get rid of

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Lice aren’t dangerous, but they’re annoying and are now harder to get rid of.  A large number of head lice have become resistant to over-the-counter treatments.

A study finds that lice have developed resistance to an ingredient found in over-the-counter remedies.

Permethrin is the ingredient in most popular lice treatments found in stores.

Cheri Parker with Heartland Healthy Heads says parents tend to overuse a product which might be more harmful.

“If they use them once, and they still see bugs they’ll reuse it twice, three four, five times. Where it’s only supposed to be reapplied seven to nine days later,” she says.

“We have found that children in the middle school age and above, they usually have it worse because no one is combing their hair anymore, no one is checking,” says Susan Truluck who was in the middle of combing through a girls hair at Heartland Healthy Heads.

There are ways to check for lice at home. “People will go in look behind the ear, the nape of the neck, the crown area is where they really like to lay eggs,” says Parker.

Parker says prevention is key: check often and treat early. She also recommends going to get lice professional removed or to a doctor for prescription medicine.

Parker started a new campaign called #BeLiceFreeInKC. Her clinic will partner with community groups to provide education about head lice.