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“Super lice” affecting kids around Hampton Roads

Posted at 5:57 PM, Aug 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-19 17:57:28-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - You can barely see them, but it's all everyone is talking about this summer—lice.

And they’re not just your ordinary lice – they’re super lice.

“Our treatment center has been crazy. Back to back appointments.”

That’s coming from Ty Alleyne. She’s a nurse at Lickety Nit which is a lice treatment center in Virginia Beach.

She says for the last month her office has a revolving door.

Just this week, they’ve given 30 treatments when they usually just do four a day.

“People are calling, constantly trying to book appointments. Children are going back to go to school. They're fighting it and have been treating it for weeks and months on end,” says Alleyne.

She says the super lice means they've become more resistant to over the counter treatment, and they thrive in the humidity.

“Before the over the counter and the prescriptions used to kill them, but now because they've come resistant, more resilient, they live even after treatment,” says Alleyne.

And the only way to get rid of them is through a professional with a device. She says her clients are coming from all over.

“It's been crazy. We've had a lot of parents drive up from the Outer Banks parents on vacation, a lot in Virginia Beach in certain parts,” says Alleyne.

She says she’s seen patients from areas including Shore Drive, Great Neck, and Landstown in Virginia Beach.

She says things may get better once parents get their kids treated professionally.

“If you can't get control of it on your own, then I would suggest seeking a professionals who has a medical device and degree,” says Alleyne.

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