Timely tips to prevent and treat head lice
Hard-to-kill “super lice” that resist insecticide-based treatments account for 97 percent of head lice cases in Canada. And peak seasons for head lice are at hand: summer camp and back to school.
“Head lice infestations are preventable,” says Dr. John Kraft, a dermatologist of Markham, Ontario. ”But if contracted, head lice, including ‘super lice’, can be safely and easily killed with the non-insecticidal treatment, NYDA, which suffocates, then kills lice, eggs and larvae. No living creature can build up resistance to death by suffocation.”
After applying treatment, it is essential to fine-comb the hair with a NYDA comb to remove dead lice, larvae and eggs. Eight to 10 days later, a second treatment is applied, followed by fine-combing.
Dr. Kraft offers these tips for preventing head lice:
- Tell children head lice are transmitted by head-to-head contact, which they should avoid.
- Do not share combs, brushes, towels, clothing or headwear of other children.
- Check weekly for head lice by fine-combing children’s hair with the lice comb.
Insecticide-free NYDA is a dimeticone solution that is not absorbed through skin. Dimeticones are safely and widely used in infant medicines and cosmetics. Most other head lice treatments sold in Canada contain insecticide that does not kill all the eggs, which hatch, causing recurring infestations.
Easy to apply in the comfort of your home, NYDA is reimbursed by most provincial, federal and private health plans and is available without a prescription at pharmacy counters. For more information, visit www.nyda.ca.