Frequently Asked Questions

Super Lice FAQs

  • What are super lice?

    Super lice, like regular lice, are parasitic insects that can live in the scalp and feed on human blood. Due to a genetic mutation, super lice have developed resistance to the pesticides contained in common over-the-counter treatments to kill lice.

  • What do super lice look like?

    Super lice are indistinguishable in appearance from head lice. They are tiny, wingless insects that live on the human scalp. They are about as big as sesame seeds and can be seen without magnification. However, lice eggs are about the size of poppy seeds and are difficult to see because their color easily blends in with the infested child's hair.

  • What are the symptoms of super lice?

    The symptoms of super lice are the same as regular lice. The most common symptom of infestation is itching. However, infestation may continue even after itching stops. With a first case of head lice, itching may not develop for 4 to 6 weeks. In fact, infestation may be present even if there is no itching. Some children experience no symptoms. Never initiate treatment unless there is a clear diagnosis of head lice.

  • How do I determine if my child has super lice?

    Because super lice and lice don’t differ in appearance, the same lice detection process should be followed.

  • How do you contract super lice?

    Super lice spread in the same manner as regular lice, the most common of which is through head-to-head contact with another infested person or by sharing personal items. Lice cannot fly or jump but they can crawl very quickly. In fact, lice are not likely to leave a healthy head unless there is a heavy infestation.

  • How do you prevent super lice?

    To prevent infestation from spreading, DON'T allow head-to-head contact and DON'T share or borrow hair items (e.g., combs, headbands, etc.), headgear (e.g., hats, headphones, etc.), or other personal items.