New Lice Treatment

Curing Lice


In December, 2005, the journal Pediatrics published the finding that one could use the easily available skin cleanser Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser to cure lice.


The treatment is simple, and appears to be quite safe.  It relies on the property of this skin cleanser to create a film when it is blow-dried on hair.  If this film is left on your hair for 8 hours or more, it will kill the lice on your head with over 95% efficacy. 


Here is how to apply the treatment:


Place and massage in about 8 ounces of the Cetaphil® Gentle Skin Cleanser on the hair.

It is key to soak every hair in the Cleanser.  You can do this by applying the lotion in a zig-zag pattern from back to front, massage fully into every hair and the scalp, and then again from front to back, 3-4 times, using up all 8 ounces in the process.  The application can be with a squeeze bottle with a nozzle that should touch the scalp in every zig-zag.


Before blow-drying the lotion, let the lotion soak in the hair and scalp for 2-5 minutes.  Then be careful to comb as much lotion as you can, leaving only a film on the hairs and scalp.


A blow-dryer is then used to create a film on the hair and scalp.  You should blow dry these areas until they are all dry.  Then leave the film on overnight, at least 8 hours.  Showering or bathing in the morning ends the treatment.


Repeat the process exactly once a week for a total of three rounds.


In addition to treatment, the following steps are a complete description of how to remove lice from your home, please note, no other steps are necessary:


Remove lice from all the family's combs and brushes.  You can choose one of two methods.  You may soak the combs and brushes in isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol for 10 minutes or you may put them in the dishwasher on the full hot cleaning cycle.   


Treat all bedding at the time of each lotion application. Take all sheets, pillow cases, blankets, comforters, and bedspreads from the beds in your house and run them in the dryer for 10 minutes on high temperature. Then put the bedding back on beds. You do not have to wash it. 


Patients should change to new fresh clothes after each treatment. Put dirty clothes in the laundry hamper for later laundering.


Many schools require all eggs or nits to be removed, and the best tool to do this with is called the licemeister comb, only available on line at http://www.headlice.org/licemeister/


Remember, lice never cause physical harm, only fear, dread, and itch.  These steps will allow you to rid your children and home of them safely.

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