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Head Lice --Causes and Top 10
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September 8, 2011, last updated June 11, 2013

By Alison Turner, Contributing Columnist







5.        
Neem Tree Shampoo Kills Head Lice.  The neem tree
(Azadirachta indica) is native to South East Asia, and grows up
to 30 meters high.  When it is two years old it produces white
flowers with a honey fragrance, and a few years later the tree
bears small (2cm) oval-shaped fruit.   In 2006 Jörg Heukelbach,
Fabíola A. S. Oliveira and Richard Speare published a study in
Parasitology Research that analyzed the effectiveness of a
shampoo based on neem tree seed extract against head lice from
children in Austria.  The researchers reported a 94% mortality
rate after head lice were extracted from infected children and
immersed in this shampoo, leading the team to grant it “highly
effective” against head lice.  

6.        
Wet Combing.  There are always potential risks with
insecticides, but you might be particularly wary to put them on
the head of your child.  Instead, expert Richard Roberts with
The New England Journal of Medicine (2002)  suggests that you
might want to try wet combing.  Roberts explains that because
lice do not spread to other hosts until several days after
hatching, “if all young lice are combed out within a few days
after hatching, the infestation can be eradicated.”  Wet the hair
of the infected person and add a lubricant (such as conditioner)
and comb for 15 to 30 minutes, repeating every three days for
several weeks.

In the UK, wet combing with a specialized lice comb --with the
teeth of the comb spaced 3 centimeters apart is recommended
by the NHS for the regular detection of head lice in school
children.

7.        
Sunflower and Corn Oil.  Pediatric Drugs author
Mumcuoglu K.Y. performed research in 2004 that suggests that
head lice can be suffocated by oils, including that from
sunflower and corn.  The study notes that if applied in liberal
quantities for more than 12 hours, these oils “kill a significant
number of lice” and may additionally make it easier to comb any
remaining lice out of the hair.

8.        
The Chinaberrytree.  The Chinaberrytree (Melia
azedarach L) is a deciduous tree that is native to southern Asia
and Australia.   In 2007 a team of researchers from universities
in Cordoba, Argentina published in the Journal of the American
Academy of Dermatology   that the extract and oil from fruits of
the Chinaberrytree “demonstrate the possibility” for managing
head lice.

9.        
Paw Paw. While these words may sound like a baby’s
name for a puppy, paw paw is actually the largest edible fruit
that is native to America (better known by scientists as Asimina
triloba), with a close appearance to a mango.  This fruit grows
on a deciduous tree that originates from the temperate
woodlands of the eastern United States.   In 2004, a study by
researchers in Utah and New Jersey tested an herbal shampoo
made largely of paw paw extract on cases of head lice.  This
shampoo, they report “demonstrated 100% effectiveness in
removing head lice and nits.”

10.        
Supplemental Measures.  The Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention suggests that whichever treatment you
choose to treat a case of head lice, it will be more effective when
used in tandem with precautious procedures.  For example,
“hats, scarves, pillow cases, bedding, clothing, and towels worn
or used by the infested person in the 2-day period just before
treatment is started can be machine washed and dried using the
hot water and hot air cycles because lice and eggs are killed by
exposure for 5 minutes to temperatures greater than 53.5°C
(128.3°F).”  

The Center further advises that vacuuming the furniture and
floors may remove any fallen hairs from the infected person, to
which nits may be attached.  While these steps will not chase
away head lice on their own, they will help to prevent their
spread to other members of the household.  

Update:

11. Some Over-the-counter treatments Work. In the UK, a 2005
study of the effectiveness of over-the-counter treatments for
head lice was led by nurses from the Department of Infectious
and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical
Medicine. They compared the effectiveness of a kit called the
"Bug Buster Kit" to another pediculicide (treatment to kill head
lice) and found that the Bug Buster Kit killed head lice 57% of
the time while other lice treatments only worked 13% of the
time.




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