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Monthly Archives: February 2016

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Lice treatment: It’s all about the eggs

They go online and search for solutions, often finding multiple sources of conflicting advice. Get the over-the-counter chemicals. Try natural oils. Cover your child’s head in mayonnaise or petroleum jelly—these are a few of the most common recommendations. All of these solutions share an important shortcoming: they are focused on killing live head lice. Killing [...]



Chemical Warfare Against Lice? Think Twice.

When a child comes home with a case of head lice, most parents race to the drug store to buy an over-the-counter (OTC) lice-treatment product. These products go by many names, some of them catchy to the point of appearing benign. Many, however, contain some kind of insecticide. That’s right, insecticide. These products are asking [...]



Why We Hate Head Lice

We hate head lice. But not for the reasons you might think. It’s not because they are dirty (they’re not) or that they represent some kind of social failure (they don’t) or because they cause terrible health problems (they don’t do that either). The reason we hate head lice is because of the emotional toll [...]