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Head lice can be treated with drug that kills tapeworms - But, why?

Posted Mar 24 2010 12:00am
Head lice can be treated with drug that kills tapeworms - Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Pill that kills tapeworms may help battle head lice.

THE QUESTION Head lice generally are treated with an insecticide solution. But when that does not eradicate the infestation, might it help to try a drug normally used to kill parasitic worms, such as tapeworms?

THIS STUDY involved 812 children, most about 10 years old, who had head lice that persisted after treatment with an insecticide lotion. They were randomly assigned to take the anti-parasitic drug Stromectol (ivermectin) in pill form or a placebo pill, or to have a lotion containing the insecticide malathion (Prioderm) or a placebo lotion applied to their scalp. All treatments were given twice, a week apart. No other treatments, including combing of nits, were allowed. A week after the final treatment, 95 percent of the children who had taken Stromectol were deemed lice-free, compared with 85 percent of the others. Skin irritations, gastrointestinal problems or headaches were reported for a few children in both groups.

WHO MAY BE AFFECTED? Children with head lice, a highly contagious and fairly common occurrence among children in day-care centers and elementary schools.

CAVEATS The malathion lotion used in the study does not have Food and Drug Administration approval; a different malathion lotion (Ovide) is available in the United States. The study was funded by a joint venture between Johnson & Johnson, which makes Stromectol, and Merck Sharp & Dohme-Chibret pharmaceuticals; three of the seven authors had received fees from Johnson & Johnson, and three others were employees of the joint venture.

FIND THIS STUDY March 11 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

You can safely and effectively kill lice with salt water or a sauna - learn how to kill lice and remove nits without killing yourself or the earth......

The head louse (Pediculus humanus capitas) (DeGeer), the body louse (Pediculus humanus humanus) (Linnaeus) and the crab louse (Pthirus pubis) (Linnaeus) all occur on humans. All three cause considerable skin irritation as they feed on human blood or crawl on the body.

Human lice can establish and maintain themselves only on humans. A louse cannot hop or jump. They can, however, crawl fast. They are usually transmitted only through close personal contact. They are less frequently transmitted through the sharing of personal articles or toilet seats. For head lice, this includes combs, brushes and other grooming aids, hats, headbands, helmets, caps, headrests, wigs, curlers or other headgear, especially when these items are stored in shared lockers. They spread or infest by crawling, they live by biting and sucking blood from the scalp and can survive for up to 48 hours off a human head, and the nits on a hair shaft can survive from 4 - 10 days - so vacuum thoroughly and/or spray/clean with diluted Safe Solutions, Inc. Enzyme Cleaner with Peppermint.

Important Note: Pediculicide POISONS do not remove nits; often do not control lice and are dangerous. Among the reactions to poison shampoo or lice "treatments" are autism, seizures, mental retardation, many different allergies and respiratory problems, strange tingling, burning, itching, autism, attention deficit disorders, brain tumors, leukemia, cancer and even death.

I have used a sauna and/or simply salt water once a week for three weeks to safely and effectiely kill lice (but the nits remain).

I have also used ½ oz. of Safe Solutions, Inc. Lice R Gone® Enzyme Shampoo and/or their Enzyme Cleaner with Peppermint per shampoo-type application to safely remove both lice and nits in a few minutes
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