Natural Remedies Best for Head Lice Treatment
After treating an outbreak among elementary school-age children, public health doctors in Wales discovered that 80% of head lice were resistant to the insecticidal shampoos commonly used to eliminate them.
Despite the wide availability of treatments, head lice infestations are on the rise. Why? After years of using the same products to eradicate lice, they are becoming immune to our treatments. Insects either evolve methods of neutralizing the insecticide before it destroys them or simply become less sensitive to the toxins in the insecticide.
At the National Public Health Service for Wales Communicable Disease Surveillance Center, Dr. Daniel Thomas discovered that four out of five lice were resistant to pyrethroids (the chemicals commonly used in head lice treatments) due to the development of a specific gene.
This and other studies indicate that natural remedies to the problem might be the best solution. Specially designed combs trap and kill lice and nits, and mixtures composed primarily of coconut or olive oil have proven extremely effective in head lice treatment. Not surprisingly, natural treatments are also much safer for the patient. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continually maintains that no pesticide can legally be sold as a “safe” product, and as such, chemical shampoos for head lice treatment cannot be assumed completely nontoxic.
The active ingredients in head lice treatment shampoos are pediculicides: nerve poisons which are neurotoxic to children as well as lice. Lindane is the most dangerous of the pediculicides, and it can be absorbed through your skin. Some of the tamer side effects include headaches and vertigo, but lindane also has the potential to cause nerve damage, convulsions, disrupt hormonal function, and damage the liver, kidneys, and immune system.
Guaranteed safety and guaranteed louse immunity make an all-natural treatment like olive, coconut, or neem oil the preferred choice for many who suffer and are seeking head lice treatment. In addition to being less expensive and more readily available, you can rest assured these natural treatments will always work and that those who suffer won’t run the risk of developing any dangerous side-effects.