You have a whole new thing to be worried about: “super lice.” It’s a strain of head lice that’s developed an immunity to over-the-counter drugs and shampoos. And it’s in 48 states, including Washington.

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Photo courtesy Lice Clinics of America.

But there’s a way to treat it that’s different than the old way of oily shampoos and chemicals.

Lice Clinics of America, which has a clinic in Bellevue, uses an FDA-cleared, chemical-free device called AirAllé. It’s part of a three-step process proven to kill lice through dehydration.

Think you might have lice? Is this article making you itch? If you do, the Lice Clinics of America location in Bellevue can help. It’s urgent care for lice removal. And the AirAllé treatment is an alternative to harsh chemicals and washes.

The machine uses controlled heated air. It works in a single one-hour treatment that dries and kills the lice. Head lice and their eggs are small, which makes it difficult for them to conserve water. When exposed to the heated air for an amount of time, the lice dry out and die.

Good riddance, right?

Lice quickly spreads from person-to-person, so if someone close to you has lice, be sure to check yourself as well. Also, it’s a good idea this winter — lice season — to not share hats or combs or towels. However, lice only survives off of a person for up to two days, so it’s more likely you’ll catch them from someone else than from carpet or clothing.