The OTC Lotion Permethrin is Potentially Harmful

The OTC Lotion Permethrin is Potentially Harmful

Research and evidence have suggested lice have been around for approximately 5.5 million years. Scientists have even found head lice in the tombs/coffins of well-preserved mummies dating back to 3000 B.C. Throughout the millions of years head lice have managed to evolve, adapt, and survive it all. Which is why it comes as no surprise when a new strain of lice was produced, they were known as super lice.

What Is Permethrin?

Both permethrin and pyrethrins are made from synthetic pesticides and sold as an over-the-counter lotion treatment used to treat common head lice. This lotion only can kill live lice and is unable to eradicate the lice eggs (nits). Due to the fact permethrin can only kill live lice that can cause a potential problem to arise because if the nits hatch the head lice infestation begins all over again.

Super Lice

When “super lice” is brought up many people have a million questions zooming through their head. What does super lice look like? How are they different from common lice? Are they more harmful or dangerous? The only difference between common lice and super lice is super lice are a divergent strain that have become resistant to permethrin and pyrethrin. They look identical to common lice, and they do not carry or transmit any diseases. The key difference is if your child has a head lice infestation of super lice and uses the OTC topical permethrin it will be ultimately useless. Instead, bring your child into Fresh Heads Lice Removal. Whether your child has super lice or common lice, one single treatment using our AirAlle system will remove all lice the first go around.

The Dangers of Permethrin

Permethrin has been around for some time and because of this many physicians and researchers have identified permethrin as potentially harmful due to its toxic components. For example, permethrin has been linked to endocrine disorders and disruption in children. Specifically, commercial grade permethrin was found to interfere with androgen receptors which can interfere and delay puberty in children.

As a parent your number one priority is your children’s safety and by using permethrin as a way to treat head lice, you’re putting their safety at possible risk. Throw away the permethrin lotion because there are too many dangers and risks attached. Instead bring your child into our lice removal service in Orlando, FL, where your child’s safety is never a question but a guarantee.

Our Fresh Heads Clinics are the #1 Choice in Orlando, FL

Here at Fresh Heads Lice Removal our AirAlle treatment is FDA approved and in one single treatment can dehydrate lice and lice eggs safely. There are no toxins or pesticides used because we understand keeping your children healthy and safe will always be at the core. Stop by one of our many locations: Jacksonville, FL, Orlando, FL, and Savannah, GA.

Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

At Fresh Heads Lice Removal, our mission is to get rid of lice in schools across the United States. We’ve partnered with the Lice Clinics of America to create the Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we provide school nurses and teachers with free screenings, resources, and treatments. Together, we can have schools without lice!

One parent talking to another about head lice.

How to Talk to Other Parents About Head Lice

Having another parent take you aside to talk about your child can be somewhat tricky. As the parent, you feel you know best when it comes to your child.  It can be all the more upsetting if the matter is related to head lice.

Parents are often at a loss when informing other parents that their daughter or son might have been a carrier for nits or head lice. When you see signs of head lice on your kid and suspect that they caught it from a classmate or a friend, here are a few things to consider when approaching the child’s parent about it.

Consider How Close You Are to the Parents

Generally, parents should be glad that another adult would notify them if they had a concern of this nature for their child. If you see that your kid’s classmate or neighbor has nits, you should tell the parent. The only question is how you should go about it.

If the carrier is a classmate, you could approach the administration and inform them that your child has gotten lice from school. They would have to send a letter to all parents, encouraging them to examine their children’s hair for infestations.

The downside to this is that the parents might forget to check their mail or think that their children’s scratching is not a big deal. For the parents who take steps to get rid of the head lice, it could mean a reinfestation in weeks.

Use Social Media or Send a Private Message

Many parents use Facebook pages or text message groups to communicate with each other. You could use these channels and send a group text advising people to check their children’s hair for nits. You can even recommend solutions.

Meanwhile, this can be challenging if you are close to the person and know that their child is the carrier. In this case, instead of sending a group text, you could send them a private message. You can say that your kid has nits, and since he or she and the other person’s child spend a lot of time together, the other parent might want to check their kid’s hair.

Prevent Infestations from Occurring

If you’re aware that there are infestations of head lice in your child’s school or playground, you could put your child on a protection plan against head lice. Even if your child ends up not having nits, a specialist can advise preventive measures.

Head Lice Removal in Orlando, Jacksonville, and Savannah

An infestation is never fun, but letting another parent be unaware that their child has nits is worse. When you help another family by notifying them of their child’s infestation, you help yours in the long run and work towards keeping your entire school or neighborhood safe.

Give your children the protection they need and visit Fresh Heads Lice Removal. Our lice treatment centers in Orlando, Jacksonville, FL, and Savannah, GA, offer several different treatments and prevention plans. Book your appointment today and say goodbye to head lice for good!


Schools Without Lice.

Schools Without Lice

Our mission at Fresh Heads Lice Removal is to eradicate lice from schools across the US. We’re partnering with the Lice Clinics of America to create a Schools Without Lice program. Through this program, we provide school nurses and teachers with free resources, screenings, and treatments. If we work together, we can have schools without lice!