Hearing the term “super lice” may cause concern for some parents as their kids are back in school, but local lice expert Anna Albano-Krosche, a.k.a. The Lice Lady of Westchester, says there is nothing to fear.
Though headlines like “Super Lice Are Coming For Your Kids,” don’t help, Albano-Krosche said the situation is far less dramatic and is not only treatable but also preventable.
Her answer? Stop taking selfies!
Super lice is not new. If you search the Internet you’ll find articles dating back to 2008 discussing outbreaks. “Super lice” are lice that have become resistant to pyrethroids found in over-the-counter lice treatment products.
“It’s the same lice that my kids had in 1998,” Albano-Krosche tells Westchester Woman.
The Lice Lady of Westchester actually started her lice removal business after the lice her kids “lovingly” gave in 1998 weren’t responding to over-the-counter products. She began using all natural products, like olive oil, and “good old fashioned nit picking.” When friends and family got word of her “secret” remedy they began asking her to treat their kids.
“That’s when I became The Lice Lady of Westchester,” says Albano-Krosche.
She has been in business since 1998 and currently has her salon located in Elmsford. Here’s how she works her lice removal magic:
The Lice Lady of Westchester says super lice is a no match for her all natural methods.
“My shampoo contains a patented formula of enzymes that breaks down the hard shells of the lice, causing them to perish,” she explains. “Because the biology of insects depends on the creation of enzymes for survival, it is impossible for lice to develop a resistance to these enzymes.”
Though “super lice” has been around for a while, Albano-Krosche says there is one thing that has changed about lice outbreaks over the years.
“The only thing that might be different, is that doctors are blaming the ‘selfie craze’ for the lice becoming resistant to the OTC products,” she explains. “Lice has definitely been on the rise with teenagers since the selfie craze, also referred as ‘social media lice.’”
Though the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does not mention selfies or social media in their information on lice —the Daily News reports that some doctors say that taking selfies or leaning in towards each other and touching heads while viewing things on their cell phones is contributing to the spread of lice and super lice amongst kids, especially amongst teens.
Albano-Krosche says avoiding head-to-contact is the key to preventing a lice outbreak.
“If you keep your head to yourself, you won’t get lice, it’s that simple!” says Albano-Krosche.
The Lice Lady also offers this lice prevention advice:
Keep long hair in a bun or braid
Use a lice repellant daily. Studies show that lice are repelled by certain essential oils such as lemon grass, rosemary & peppermint
Do weekly head checks and look for nits
“We like to say, once a week, take a peek!” the Lice Lady of Westchester tells us.
Contact The Lice Lady of Westchester at 5 N. Goodwin Ave. in Elmsford at (914) 497-5465 and theliceladyofwestchester.com.
For more information on lice visit: cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head