Walk into any drug store in the country and you are likely to see considerable shelf space dedicated to head lice chemical treatments, much to the consternation of head lice experts.
Denver, CO (PRWEB) October 24, 2012
Walk into any drug store in the country and you are likely to see considerable shelf space dedicated to head lice chemical treatments, much to the consternation of head lice experts. The owners of LiceDoctors.com, a leading national head lice treatment service, have long maintained that common chemical treatments for head lice removal, which are known as pediculicides, are becoming less effective in eradicating head lice. If individuals require head lice eradication, they should conduct some due diligence on their own behalf regarding the different treatment methodologies.
“Increasingly, we are seeing clients who have used chemical products, and still have live bugs which is cause for concern,” according to Wendy. Today’s head lice have morphed into creatures that are now dubbed super-lice by lice experts due to their increasing heartiness. Evidence is mounting to support this thesis.
Headlice.org, the leading public advocacy organization in the US, has a web site that lists several studies showing lice resistance to a variety of pediculicides. Fran Altschuler, president of the organization, stated at a conference in Stockholm last year that, “while chemical treatments, pediculicides, and broad spectrum antibiotics develop resistance and potentially adverse health effects, nothing compares to the kindness of a comb.”
In July 2012, the Center for Disease Control in Australia (CDC) released a finding that increasing resistance of lice to (chemical) products and concerns about toxicity and side effects supports possible changes in lice treatment recommendations. Examples include changes from chemical treatment to non-chemical lice treatments including occlusive head lice products, as well as combing.
LiceDoctors uses a combination of occlusion (suffocation), combing, and manual extraction. The company employs a safe and effective olive oil based protocol and then hand picks remaining nits from the head. Clients are directed to do a follow-up plan that was developed 15 years ago and copyrighted by the company’s medical director, Dr. Stephen Beck.
“Our plan is 100% safe and 100% effective, states Karen Sokoloff, co-owner of LiceDoctors. Since families who use chemical head lice treatment products often end up trying a variety to get one to work, and often end up missing school and work, and spin their wheels doing loads of laundry, it often is less expensive to call a professional lice removal service as soon as you first discover head lice in your child.”
More information on this topic can be found on the company’s lice removal blog.
Wendy Beck, Karen Sokoloff
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