Medical Minute 1-26: Easy Treatment for Lice

By: Carissa Lawson Email
By: Carissa Lawson Email

Getting rid of head lice can be difficult.. just ask Marci Lawson.

"I have children with long hair so it's frustrating to try to get rid of head lice especially when you have to use those little combs," she said.

So, the Lawsons took part in a clinical trial to test a new lice treatment. natroba is applied to the scalp for ten minutes and then washed out. and best part.. it kills the annoying bugs.. and their eggs or nits on the first try.

The vast majority over 84% of patients only needed a single application. They didn't have to go back and use a nit comb, didn't have to pick out the nits and they were lice free after one application," said Dr. Dow Stough, Dermatologist.

Natroba just received FDA approval and will be available by prescription later this year. Studies show it's more effective than popular over the counter treatments .

They're frustrating for parents to use because they require multiple treatments and reinfection is very common. More than one-thousand people took part in testing, some reported minor scalp irritation and redness.

Marci Lawson says she has no complaints.

"You didn't have to comb, you didn't have to do the bedding you didn't have to do the spray around the house," she said."

A quick, easy fix for what can often be weeks of itching and inconvenience for many families.

The CDC says there are more than 6 million cases of head lice every year in the US, among kids ages 3 to 11.


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