Tips On Choosing A Lice Treatment For Back-To-School
North American Precis Syndicate
Parents today can defend their kids from picking up lice at school. (NAPS)
With So Many Lice Treatments Available, Parents Are
Left Scratching Their Heads
(NAPSI)—Lice cases spike during the back-to-school season, which
means many parents will be shopping for lice treatment along with No. 2
pencils as kids return to the classroom. Parents have a variety of
over-the-counter (OTC) options for treating lice—many more than their
parents had—so selecting a product may feel overwhelming.
Pesticide-free lice treatment Vamousse provides a look at the three most
common types of lice treatment products found in the first aid aisle.
Pesticide-Based Lice Treatments
Traditionally, pesticide-based products have been the most common lice
treatments available. These products contain the active ingredients
permethrin or pyrethrum, which are pesticides introduced more than four
decades ago as pediculicides—OTC drugs to kill lice. With these
products, the formula kills lice but does little to kill their eggs, making a
second application necessary seven to 10 days later to kill newly hatched
lice that were in the egg stage when the first treatment was performed.
A big concern today is pesticide resistance. Researchers studying head
lice across the U.S.
have documented that strains of “super lice” exist in much of the
country. As a result of having relied on the same chemicals to treat lice
over decades, resistance has grown, leading to less consistent reliability of
these pesticide-containing products.
Pesticide-Free Lice Treatments
This category of products is aimed at addressing the pesticide-resistance
challenge and providing a different approach to ending an infestation. Within
the pesticide-free category, there are two main types of products:
pediculicides and combing facilitators.
This newer generation of treatments emphasizes safe, nontoxic ingredients
with the ability to kill lice, including super lice, without using the
pesticides to which lice have become resistant. Often, these products include
a Drug Facts box indicating that the FDA recognizes the active ingredient as
a pediculicide—an OTC drug for the treatment of lice.
Vamousse Lice Treatment is an example of a pesticide-free pediculicide.
Vamousse is also proven to kill eggs, dehydrating them with the treatment.
This means that both the adult lice and their laid eggs are killed with the
application rather than needing to wait for eggs to hatch. Parents also get
the benefit of ingredients that are nontoxic and safe to reapply as needed,
so there is no waiting period to fully end an infestation or quickly treat a
• Combing Facilitators
Combing is the original method of ending a lice infestation (evidence
dates back even to the time of Cleopatra!). Some products in the lice
treatment section serve to condition the hair for easier combing, supporting
the manual removal of lice. These products can be recognized by language
about “loosening the nit glue” or “eliminating lice and
eggs.” For many parents, combing alone is a time-intensive, highly
involved activity that may need to be repeated frequently to get complete
removal, so they should be aware that these combing aids do not kill lice.
What Parents Should Know
The best way to identify a head lice infestation early is by doing regular
head checks. If you find lice, check the rest of the family and alert
playmates. With the range of treatments on the market, be sure to follow the
directions carefully for the product you select as procedures vary based on
the type of product.
About Vamousse Lice Treatment
At Vamousse, they know parents want to eliminate head lice quickly. That’s
why they’re proud to offer fast, effective products for parents to
control lice and super lice with ingredients they can feel good about.
Vamousse Lice Treatment kills both lice and eggs with the first application
so kids and parents can get back to focusing on life—not the itchy
effects of head lice.
Learn more about proactive lice management this back-to-school season and
how Vamousse works at http://vamousselice.com/backtoschool.
On the Net:North American Precis Syndicate, Inc.(NAPSI)