Does RID really work for head lice?

Does RID really work? is a question we hear all the time. According to the National Pediculosis Association, there are no over-the-counter or prescription treatments to kill lice that are totally safe and scientifically proven to be 100% effective against head lice and nits. Some maybe harmful pesticides and if they don’t work can lead to repeated use, ongoing infestations and resistant strains of head lice. While common over the counter products such as RID and NIX remain the go to products in the United States. The question remains, Does it get rid of head lice?

Resistance to commonly used over the counter products has become a problem in the United States. A new study published March, 2016 in the Journal of Medical Entomology reports resistance to the  pyrethrins or pyrethroid insecticides is common and wide spread in the United States. Here is a link if you are interested in reading the full article entitled: Expansion of the Knockdown Resistance Frequency Map for Human Head Lice (Phthiraptera: Pediculidae) in the United States Using Quantitative Sequencing. Heartland  Healthy Heads was glad to assist in collecting head lice for this research.  25 Samples from Kansas and Missouri were shipped to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst to be analyzed.

As a community resource for head lice in Kansas City, we offer the most up to date information regarding head lice. Our facility offers screenings and non-toxic treatment options for head lice. For the do-it-yourselfers we  offer  I Hate Lice home treatment products.  If treated in our facility, we offer the Shepherd Method strand by strand lice removal and Airalle. Heartland Healthy Heads is a preferred provider for Lice Clinics of America and the exclusive provider of the Airalle, controlled heated air device treatment in the Kansas City metro area. Now with 2 locations, Olathe, KS and Liberty, Mo. We offer a 24 Lice Line service to answer any questions regarding head lice identification, prevention and treatments. Call us today at 913-730-NITS (6487).

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