MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A warning before you read this: it may make your skin crawl a little. That's because a parasite that can live on your scalp - and has been around for generations - is now stronger than ever, making it really hard to get rid of.
"We were getting out of the car at school and I went to pull her hair up, and I saw them crawling around," said Shanna Mosley. "It was horrible."
Head lice were not at all what the nurse and mom was expecting, or wanting, to see on her daughter's head first thing in the morning. Shanna admits she the sight of the tiny parasites was very upsetting, a natural reaction to head lice.
As one of the oldest parasites, they're small, they're fast, they lay eggs in our hair - and they eat our blood.
"They live on the scalp, they bite the scalp," explained Pediatrician Dr. Nancy Wood.
Dr. Wood said people have dealt with these tiny bugs for generations. Over the years, head lice have changed and adapted to the specific tactics we use to get rid of them.
"They have evolved to become resistant to some medications," Dr. Wood said.
Head lice have become a sort of "super bug" and they are everywhere.
"I've found it quite a few times. The common areas for lice would be behind the ears," hair stylist Brooke Degeyter-Scoggin said.
She knows exactly what to look for because the tiny parasites set up residence the same way every time.
"You'll see the nits are usually attached to the hair behind the ears or at the nape of the neck, down at the bottom," said Degeyter-Scoggin.
There are a lot of negative stigmas associated with head lice. However, the truth is head lice like clean hair - dirty hair can actually prevent the bugs from taking hold.
They also do not jump or fly. They crawl from head to head.
Here's something to consider: they can live without a human host for about 48 hours. So beware of that movie theater chair, rental car or airplane seat. Those could all be a source of head lice.
They are also spread from head to head contact and when we share hair accessories like brushes or hair ties. Hats or helmets can also move the parasites from child to child.
"It is extremely difficult in some cases to get rid of lice," said family salon Smilz 'N Stylz owner Kim Waters.
That's because you not only have to kill the head lice that are crawling through the hair - you also need to kill all the eggs.
Waters has helped lots of families oust the parasites.
"Taking every section one by one. You want to make sure the hair is wet. Put conditioner in it to make it a lot easier to comb through the hair. And, literally getting every nit," Waters explained.
Experts said you should get with your doctor to kill the crawlers. Otherwise, these tiny super bug parasites will hang around, lay eggs, hatch and lay some more eggs. Head lice are happy to have a host.
"Anyone can get head lice," Shanna said.
It doesn't matter who you are, and it's no fun.
We talked with Dr. Wood about diseases associated with head lice. She said that's not really something to worry about and that they don't spread diseases. Also, be sure to contact your child's school or daycare: you don't want to get rid of it at your house, only to catch it back from someone at school.
For more information on head lice, head to the Centers for Disease Control or HeadLice.Org . You can also talk to your personal doctor about any questions you may have.
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