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Feb

19

Lice treatment: It’s all about the eggs

They go online and search for solutions, often finding multiple sources of conflicting advice. Get the over-the-counter chemicals. Try natural oils. Cover your child’s head in mayonnaise or petroleum jelly—these are a few of the most common recommendations. All of these solutions share an important shortcoming: they are focused on killing live head lice. Killing [...]

Feb

12

Chemical Warfare Against Lice? Think Twice.

When a child comes home with a case of head lice, most parents race to the drug store to buy an over-the-counter (OTC) lice-treatment product. These products go by many names, some of them catchy to the point of appearing benign. Many, however, contain some kind of insecticide. That’s right, insecticide. These products are asking [...]

Feb

2

Why We Hate Head Lice

We hate head lice. But not for the reasons you might think. It’s not because they are dirty (they’re not) or that they represent some kind of social failure (they don’t) or because they cause terrible health problems (they don’t do that either). The reason we hate head lice is because of the emotional toll [...]

Jan

18

Bringing Head Lice Out of the Cold

An estimated 6-12 million children acquire head lice every year. Odds are that people you know have dealt with this—pardon the expression—pesky condition. Yet it is also likely that few people volunteer this information within their social circles. Why? Because they are embarrassed. There is a stigma around head lice. With so many cases of [...]

Jan

12

A brief history of lice

An FDA cleared, clinically proven effective lice treatment is now available Louse: a type of small insect that lives on the bodies of people or animals; a bad or cruel person (Merriam-Webster) Head lice have been around for a long time. Genetic studies suggest that lice developed about 1.68 million years before homo sapiens emerged, [...]

Dec

30

It’s time to shed light on lice

Science and medicine have finally beaten head lice. For most parents, the news that a child has head lice induces immediate panic. Lice are gross (actually, “disgusting” is the most common term we hear). To many, a lice outbreak means your house or your kids are dirty. You will have to notify the school. All [...]