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Super-lice on the horizon

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HUNTINGTON, WV -

Doctors are warning West Virginians to take extra precautions to stay safe from the latest outbreak of super-lice.

Super-lice, which are resistant to normal treatments like over-the-counter lice medication or shampoo, hasn't made its way to the Mountain State yet, but the insect has been found in at least 25 states in the U.S., including almost every state that borders West Virginia. 

Nurse Practitioner Nathaniel Collins said local families should be prepared, as it's only a matter of time before the bug reaches West Virginia.

"The best thing to do is prevention," Collins said. "Avoid close contact with hair, sharing a hat, or any head scarves or those types of things."

And you might be surprised that the more product in your hair, the better.

"Typically people who have chemicals or product that's in their hair typically are not found with lice, and that is due to the substance being on the hair and they cannot at adhere to it," said Collins.

Even though there is no medicinal treatment for the insects, just like Superman, these super-lice do have their own kryptonite if you catch them.

"Take the time remove the nits from the hair," Collins said. "Wash the clothes, vacuum the area where the hair might have dropped and also, if there are toys or stuffed animals, you can put those in a dryer for about 20 to 30 minutes on high heat."

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