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A New Treatment for Head Lice

by Rathi Manohar on January 20, 2011 at 11:53 PM
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 A New Treatment for Head Lice

 The FDA has granted its approval to Natroba Topical Suspension 0.9%, a new treatment for controlling head lice.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are between 6 to 12 million cases of head lice infestations each year, mostly in children 3 to 12 years old in the US. Head lice are contagious, blood-sucking parasites which leaps from head to head, going through an entire classroom in one day. The adult louse has developed a resistance to methods  of killing it, making it very difficult to get rid of. The money spent to deal with this condition is as high as $1 billion per year in the US alone.

 
Natroba proves to be an effective treatment, for in two 10 minute  applications, with a week's interval in between, 86% of the people tested became lice-free.  It has its side effects in the redness and irritation of the eyes and skin. Moreover, as it contains benzyl alcohol, it could cause death in infants.

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Nevertheless, this is the only effective treatment that is available now.



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