New Research Shows Head Lice Are Immune to Common Treatments
Parents and Teachers Should Be Ready to Treat More Persistent Lice Outbreaks This Year
August 31, 2015 – Scientists have found that head lice are becoming immune to the most common treatments used by parents. In a report presented at the 250th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society, researchers revealed that lice populations throughout the US have developed resistance to over-the-counter treatments still widely recommended by schools. That means many parents and teachers will be fighting a losing battle when it comes to lice outbreaks unless they are properly prepared.
“There are prescription drugs available, such as Spinosad (Natroba) and ivermectin (Sklice) to treat lice. But prevention, early detection and immediate action are your best bets to fight lice,” says Jason Chan-Remillard, Pharmacist at London Drugs.
It has been estimated that over than two million Canadians experience head lice per year, and the Head Lice Fact and treatment states that at any one time, 10 per cent of elementary school children can have head lice. Throughout the year, many schools report head lice cases to parents so they can take preventative measures at home.
“If a note gets sent home that another child has it, parents should immediately inspect their children’s clothing – especially hats and scarves – sporting equipment like helmets, and pillows. They should look for eggs.”
Eggs are yellow, brown or tan objects that look like tiny seeds. And They can be difficult to spot. However, a new medical device launched in Canada this year, helps parents easily spot lice and remove them without the use of chemical based products. The Nitview LED Lice Detection Device incorporates ultraviolet light and a detachable comb with micro channelled teeth for removal of both lice and nits. The lice and their eggs grow under the UV light making them very easy to find amongst the hairs and remove them with a comb. The device can also be used to check clothing, towels and bed linen.
“It’s important to remember that head lice are more of a nuisance than a serious health risk. They don’t carry disease. Chemicals and antibiotics should be considered a second line treatment,” says Chan-Remillard.
Common signs of head lice are an itching or tickling feeling on the scalp, as well as visible small white objects in the hair. If you notice any of these signs, Chan-Remillard says, “manual removal using a tool like Nitview is preferred. If lice are noticed before they multiply exponentially, the removal process will be far less tedious.”
About Nitview® Ledcomb
Nitview® Ledcomb was patented in Spain, and is being distributed across Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, and Australia. Nitview® incorporates a patented ultraLED lamp with a special detachable comb with micro channelled teeth for the removal of lice and nits. For more information, visit http://www.nitview.es/en/.
How does it work:
*Nitview®Ledcomb represents a real innovation against lice and nits. It incorporates a patented ultraLED lamp with a special detachable comb with micro channelled teeth for lice and nits removal.
*Both lice and nits have chitin in its exo-skeletons, which absorb the light wave length (400-405 nm) of Nitview® Ledcomb ultraLED lamp, and emit fluorescence, thus extremely facilitating the proper location of the parasites and consequently extracting them efficaciously with the micro channelled teeth comb.
*It can be used both in dry hair or wet hair, and alone or in combination with other anti lice products (shampoos, sprays…).
*It is also useful for the prevention of relapses. By decoupling its special detachable comb, it can be used as a torch to inspect beds, sofas, towels… to make sure that all of the parasites have been completely eliminated.
*It minimizes the use of chemical products thanks to its effective lice and nits removal system.
Unfortunately with back to school we will be looking at more cases of lice and notices about lice coming home. We have been fortunate to not have had a case of lice so far….knock on wood. If we end up having to tackle the lice issues, we will be using the Nitview LED Detection Device.
I have been checking out the Nitview LED Detection Device and I like what I see so far. Of course I have not had to test it on actual lice though.
The Nitview LED Detection Device seems very well made and a good size to easily handle.
With the latest issue of increased lice from older kids bringing their heads together for Selfies, the Nitview LED Detection Device might just be the easy way to tackle the teenage and younger adult lice cases.
Here are the instructions on how you use the Nitview LED Detection Device….
How does Nitview®Ledcomb work?
*Insert 3 x 1.5 V AAA batteries into the battery compartment (See instructions in the section on “Removing and changing the batteries”).
*Hold the Nitview®Ledcomb by the handle, press the central button and the UltraLED torch will start to emit light.
*Place the head of the Nitview®Ledcomb by its teeth at an angle of no more than 90º and begin to inspect the hair from root to ends, running the teeth through each strand to be examined.
*Remove extracted lice and eggs from the comb using a damp paper cloth or wipe.
*Repeat the operation strand by strand until the whole head has been inspected and cleaned.
The Nitview LED Detector Device is easy to use and appears very well made. All you have to do is put in the batteries and start to use it. I love the idea of the detector device over all the chemical store products. Which would you rather depend on if you had to?
You can purchase the Nitview LED Detection Device at London Drugs either in store or online.
Thanks to London Drugs for sponsoring a giveaway for one Nitview LED Detector Device. This giveaway is open to residents of Canada over the age of 18, and where permitted by local laws to enter and win giveaways. Please ensure that you read the full terms and conditions found at the bottom of the entry form.
Disclosure: MomMomOnTheGo was provided product for the purpose of conducting this review. As always, MomMomOnTheGo only supports companies, products, and services that she love.