Try the new, improved Hartford Courant digital edition today
Topics

American Academy of Pediatrics

Some lice bugs have mutated to resist over-the-counter treatments

Some lice bugs have mutated to resist over-the-counter treatments

When head lice, a pesky and persistent threat for schoolkids everywhere, recently showed up on Courtney Jager's 9-year-old daughter's scalp, the mother moved quickly to eradicate the bugs. But when drugstore shampoos, repeated washing of clothes and even "an electrocuting comb" weren't enough to end the problem, Jager started to panic. "I did everything I was supposed to do. I bought everything I could find at the store," she said. "I was so defeated. I know they're not dangerous, but they're horrific." The Midlothian mom's experience coincides with an itchy reality that doctors, researchers and lice eradicating business...

Loading
86°