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The Lowdown on Lice: A Pesticide-Free Alternative for Canadian Parents

Wednesday, September 06, 2006
A recent Decima Research survey of more than 1,000 Canadian parents found that nearly 70 per cent of those surveyed were unaware that most medicated head lice treatments contained pesticides, and more than nine out of 10 indicated they would prefer to use a treatment that was pesticide-free if it were as effective or more effective than currently available products. Furthermore, treatment failure was an issue; more than one-quarter of households surveyed who had experienced head lice reported that head lice re-appeared after it was thought to have been treated properly.

Fortunately, such a product is hitting Canadian pharmacies, just in time for back-to-school season. The pesticide-free lice treatment, Resultz, is available without a prescription and has been clinically proven to be 96% effective. The product is fast-acting, colorless, and odor-free. The first application takes 10 minutes (Day 1) and is repeated one week later (Day 7). After protecting the infested person's eyes with a towel, the product is applied to dry hair and scalp until the head and full length of hair are thoroughly saturated and wet to touch. Once this application is complete, the product stays on the hair for 10 minutes and is rinsed away with warm water. The product works by dissolving the wax that covers the exoskeleton of head lice, causing them to die.

The Decima Research survey also asked parents about the impact of head lice on their families. More than 30 per cent cited having to stay away from friends and family. 24 per cent cited a strong emotional impact on the child. 23 per cent said missed days of work; of those, half missed two or more days and nearly one-quarter missed three or more days. Read more. (Note: I'm quoted in the press release for this product, talking about my family's experiences with head lice and how pleased I am to hear that there is now a clinically-proven alternative to using pesticide-based treatments for head lice.)

| posted by Ann D @ 9:11 AM