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FDA approves new treatment for head lice

headlice_penny
January 19, 2011

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Mary
February 14, 2012

At my child’s school in the San Diego Unified School District the school will not notify the parents if there are lice in the classroom, and do not perform checks of the class when an infestation is reported, the burden is left completely up to the parents to simply deal with it when our children get lice, it is a pretty hopeless and frustrating situation! The SDUSD says in response to my plea that they bring back the lice checks or stop using headphones communally amongst the students, “I would actually be more concerned about possible exposure to other kinds of communicable diseases than head lice, such as colds and flu, due to students not washing their hands when using them or having those kinds of germs on their skin.” I think only a person who had never had lice could say such an ignorant thing! I would rather have 10 colds than 1 case of lice.

Sheridan
February 1, 2012

What is the treatment if a hospitalized patient with dreadlocks has lice?

January 18, 2012

Terry Rowe you kids aren’t becoming reinfected a week later you didn’t get rid of it in the first place! Combing isn’t effective for most people. They are insects. You need to kill them! I’m sick of parents sending their kids to school and out in public with lice, including nits. That is why lice is such a huge problem. While it’s good they’ve come out with a new insecticide I refuse to use any prescription required product as I find it offensive and oppressive. Must be nice creating cash cows and a delusional sense of superiority. I resent the invasion of privacy as well. It’s the principle.

Terry Rowe
January 7, 2012

Thanks for the info about head lice
My kids get it constantly from school..I clean it up and send them back to school, only to have them get it again the next week.
I will certainly try Natroba or Spinosad next time

Rattan
January 1, 2012

Whoa… that was one great lice story and effective treatment.

Jolene Schweigert
December 30, 2011

thanks for your thoughts on this, I felt a bit struck by this article. Thanks again!

arsenal
November 19, 2011

Many people overreact with lice and want to disinfect and fumigate their whole home. Lice can’t live away from hosts for more than a day or two because they can’t feed. The nits usually die within a week when they are not near the warm temperatures found on the scalp. You should wash clothing that the infested person has worn for a couple of days before treatment, and their towels and bedding should be washed, too, using hot water (130 F). A simple vacuuming the floor and furniture will pick up nits and lice that may have fallen off the infested person. Of course, brushes and combs should be soaked in hot water (130 F) for several minutes.
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Ariana
September 4, 2011

We have been dealing with seasonal outbreaks for several years now — frustrating, expensive — hours of combing, laundry & vacuuming only to have a reinfection brought home two weeks later! Just tried naproxen on myself yesterday & didn’t comb through. (also nervous about using it on my kids yet) Will see in a week whether it works any better…

Carrie
September 29, 2011

Let me know how that works out. My grandaughter seems to attract the rotten little critters. I am in the process of combing and combing! Her hair and my two youngest daughters! Ugh and still going to work! Thank goodness for a helpful husband around the house!

August 18, 2011

Many people overreact with lice and want to disinfect and fumigate their whole home. Lice can’t live away from hosts for more than a day or two because they can’t feed. The nits usually die within a week when they are not near the warm temperatures found on the scalp. You should wash clothing that the infested person has worn for a couple of days before treatment, and their towels and bedding should be washed, too, using hot water (130 F). A simple vacuuming the floor and furniture will pick up nits and lice that may have fallen off the infested person. Of course, brushes and combs should be soaked in hot water (130 F) for several minutes.
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Home remedies for head lice
August 2, 2011

Hi thanks for letting us know about this new treatment for lice, however as you say I would be unwilling to test this out on my kids. I’ve gathered two remedies (none of the ones you mentioned – well one uses oil but has other things too) and lots of people have found them effective, although they do involve using the nit comb (but I think you are supposed to do that with all treatments?), one is with olive oil, tea tree and lavender and the other with rubbing alcohol or mouth wash.
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Nicki Min
June 24, 2011

Thanks for the heads up P.J.!
We are having a constant trouble with a head lice – my daughter keep getting them from school every month(sometimes twice a month). Cost me quite a bit of money and hassle 🙂 because shes got a long very thick curly hair and doesn’t want to cut it short 🙂
We tried everything, repellents you name it…still she brings them 🙁
But i try Natroba if its available here in the UK

tracy
May 25, 2011

What I really like about this product is that it only takes 10 minutes- then you are ready to rinse. Parents can say goodbye to hours spent combing their child’s hair with a fine toothed comb. But the bast thing, of course, is that it is FDA approved. This assures the quality and safety of the product.

Hair Replacement Service
January 25, 2011

It’s always refreshing to know of products that really helps mothers a lot how to solve their child’s trouble like head lice! I too have been scratching my head when I was still I kid. It terribly hurt a lot!
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Daniel Har
January 21, 2011

What about a solution with vinegar? Coming from Romania, that’s what they used in villages and it was very effective.

P.J. Skerrett
January 22, 2011

Daniel — Vinegar may have seemed effective compared to no treatment at all. But a comparison of six home remedies (vinegar, isopropyl alcohol, olive oil, mayonnaise, melted butter, and petroleum jelly) to treat head louse infestations found that none of the treatments prevented lice from laying eggs, nor did they do much to kill eggs, even when the treratment was applied to the head for long periods. The researchers, from the Center for Vector-Borne Diseases at the University of California, Davis, concluded, “None of the home remedy products we surveyed was an effective means of louse control. This suggests that when treatment failure occurs, an increased amount of time and effort should be focused on alternative chemical pediculicides and/or manual louse removal (i.e., combing) rather than using any of these products.”

Helen Hoart
January 21, 2011

I second the recommendation from the British Medical Journal. When my kids had head lice, I used the over the counter treatments and they didn’t help. But lots of conditioner and lots of combing did the trick.

Tom Guard
January 20, 2011

Spinosad is relatively fast acting. The insect dies within 1 to 2 days after ingesting the active ingredient. So far, there appears to be 100% mortality. It works by acting on the central nervous system of the organism.

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