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Joined Oct 17, '12 - from 'TX'. He has '3' year(s) of experience. Posts: 97 (29% Liked) Likes: 46

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  • May 14 '15

    Flashback to 2010: One day my nine year old said, “My head itches (scratch, scratch). . .Jane Doe (friend) said she had lice last week, but it’s not her fault. She got it at her cousin’s house.” After visual confirmation, I went to Google to research which OTC brand was most effective. Couldn’t find much difference between permethrin and pyrethrin, so though I hated using pesticides on her, I picked one, put on a long DVD, and got started. A couple days later, there was still a live louse. I did some more research, read lice are becoming resistant to these pesticides, and looked up the active ingredient in the expensive ($90ish a bottle) newer Rx treatment – benzyl alcohol. I found its available cheaply from chem suppliers online. When looking for an emollient substrate to mix with it, I stumbled across the “Nuvo (Cetaphil) Method.” Turns out Cetaphil Gentle skin cleanser contains cetyl alcohol which has been shown to be effective in smothering lice. Google Dr. Pearlman – he’s a derm who tried to formulate an exclusive lice tx to sell to his wealthy clients and used Cetaphil as the control. It worked better than his product, so he repackaged it as “Nuvo”, and tried to make $$$$ off it. His study was published in the September 2004 issue of Pediatrics. He couldn’t interest pharm companies to invest in it, so he came clean (haha) and released the “Nuvo Method” using Cetaphil on the web.
    My daughter already showers with Cetaphil since she has mild eczema, so I had it on hand and just switched to it for the 7 day follow up tx. I get it at Costco, or at CVS when they send out coupons. Worked great, smelled better, and left her hair soft. Still took a lot of time because you blow dry it in to shrink wrap the lice, but hey, they won’t become resistant to suffocation, will they!
    Here are some citations, Pearlman’s method, and additional resources:

    CDC. (2013, September 24). Parasites - Lice - Head Lice. Retrieved from CDC - Lice - Head Lice - Treatment

    Medline ® Abstract for Reference 71 of 'Pediculosis capitis'. Retrieved from
    http://www.uptodate.com/contents/pediculosis-capitis/abstract/71

    Mode of action. (n.d.). Retrieved from [/COLOR]
    http://www.liceworld.com/uk/behandling_lusemidler_virkemaade.htm(discusses how various treatments work…or not)

    Parker, S. (2006, February 1). Healthy children. Retrieved from http://blogs.webmd.com/healthy-children/2006/02/got-lice.html

    Pearlman, D. (n.d.). The Nuvo® method for head lice using Cetaphil® Cleanser. Retrieved from
    https://fsmn.org/sites/default/files/nuvo-method-lice-treatment.pdf

  • May 14 '15

    Nope, your hair wouldn't be greasy at all. Essential oils are not actual oils, but rather volatile oil extractions/distillations from the plant or seed in liquid form.

  • May 14 '15

    As a preventative measure, upon daily waking, place a few drops of pure tea tree essential oil onto a bristle boar brush and brush the scalp and hair thoroughly. You can also put a few drops into your shampoo and conditioner.

  • May 14 '15

    So much for lice not being spread through casual contact!


    As an aside, I hear this works well and is made of salt, so no harsh chemicals:

    Licefreee Non-toxic Remedies for Head Lice | Licefreee!

  • May 14 '15

    Quote from OldDude
    We're a family of 7. In 4th grade my daughter was kind enough to bring home a head full and was able to pass it along to my wife and 2 of the 4 brothers before we caught on and started the battle. I consider myself a lice expert but the standard treatments didn't do the trick. I finally ended up having to get the zillion dollar per ounce industrial/agricultural prescription treatment to totally eradicate those buggers. I though my wife was going to need counseling before it was all over. I think she would have handled getting ebola better than head lice.
    Seriously, if anyone brought home lice, scabies, bedbugs, etc. you'd probably just have to burn my house down. There are 7 people and 2 dogs living there and it's impossible to get it decently clean on a normal day. Add breeding parasites into the mix? Armageddon.

  • May 14 '15

    Tea tree oil can be used for treatment and prevention of lice. :-)

  • May 14 '15

    I got it last year! Nothing live, just nits. I had to have my sister in law, hubby and mother in law take turns combing nits out and inspecting my hair. No one else got it. Sure does make you crazy and paranoid though! Everytime I see dandruff I freak out!

  • May 14 '15

    We're a family of 7. In 4th grade my daughter was kind enough to bring home a head full and was able to pass it along to my wife and 2 of the 4 brothers before we caught on and started the battle. I consider myself a lice expert but the standard treatments didn't do the trick. I finally ended up having to get the zillion dollar per ounce industrial/agricultural prescription treatment to totally eradicate those buggers. I though my wife was going to need counseling before it was all over. I think she would have handled getting ebola better than head lice.

  • Oct 9 '14

    I would give 2 puffs before recess and leave it at that unless they complain during PE or you hear wheezing. Most kids exert more energy during recess than PE on the elementary level anyway and that medicine can be effective for up to 4 hours. I think EIB is probably THE most OVER DIAGNOSED condition in kids!

  • Oct 9 '14

    For my kids like that, my parents are good with using the inhaler before recess only. Thus far, the kids have been fine through PE.

  • Oct 9 '14

    I agree with the above, I would just get the order clarified w/ provider office. They have NO idea what the kids schedule is!

  • Oct 9 '14

    Agree with OldDude... not giving again that close in time unless that child is showing some compelling s/s.

  • Oct 9 '14

    Agreed as well.

  • Sep 16 '14

    Sounds like you may be experiencing depression, we all go through it at one time or another, also, what's your social life like? Any hobbies? Do you exercise? All these things have an effect on mood and the way you feel physically.

  • Sep 16 '14

    "I feel like back then I had so much more going on..." You had a goal set, a purpose, and you arrived at it 3 years ago. What is your goal now? What do you have "going on" now in addition to going to work and coming home?


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