The conventional treatments for head lice, shampooing and picking out nits, has always been a pain. Especially picking out the nits. Luckily, a new head lice treatment has been made available that promises to make this process easier for parents.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new prescription head lice treatment for children aged 4 and older. The medication, called Natroba (spinosad), kills the lice eggs as well as the lice themselves. This makes the nit-picking a less troublesome task.
There is already one prescription medication on the market to kill lice, as well as several over-the-counter shampoos. Ovide (malathion), the previous prescription medication is said to kill eggs as well, however many parents have had concerns about the medication. Mostly because it is flammable, making the removal process even more dangerous than having lice. Ovide is applied to the head for 8 to 12 hours, during which time children have to be kept away from heat sources such as hair dryers and radiators.
Natroba offers a safer option. The lotion is applied for only 10 minutes, and has been proven to kill more lice than traditional shampoos such as Nix. A study of 522 volunteers found that Natroba kept 86 percent of people lice free for two weeks. The over-the-counter shampoo only had a success rate of 44 percent. This is because many lice breads have grown immune to the effects of these shampoos.
Natroba uses benzyl alcohol to suffocate the lice and their eggs on the scalp. It also contains a soil fermentation agent that kills lice within contact. The result is a higher rate of lice death, along with their eggs. Only 3 percent of the volunteers experienced skin redness after using Natroba, making it safer on the skin than other options.
The new product should be available within the next few months, to the glee of parents everywhere. Head lice is a common condition that many children in daycares, preschools, and schools are exposed to. Having a safe and effective way to kill lice and their eggs is something many parents cannot wait to get their hands on. – Summer, staff writer
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