How to treat lice that won’t go away

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DENTON, N.C. -- It starts with an itch and can quickly turn into an all-consuming effort to try and treat lice.

A Davidson County mom says she's been dealing with the highly contagious, pesky little parasites ever since the start of holiday break.

"I've tried and tried and tried to get it to go away, we've done everything, even the homemade remedies, mayonnaise and vinegar," said mom Susan Porter.

Lice are spread through close contact, clothing, bed sheets, brushes and combs. Susan says she thought she got rid of it over the break, but was told by her daughter's school that she was infected once again.

Dr. Diana Roberson of Thomasville Pediatrics says, "A lot of times, a week later, insects will reappear. May not have been adequately treated, however, there's a small percentage of kids that have resistant lice. If that's happening, you need to call your doctor because they'll need prescription medications that are stronger than over the counter preparations. This is one way parents can tell: If insects lay eggs very close to the hair shaft, that's an indication it's an active infection."

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