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Class of products under study, first pdt tested: the Nuvo methodApply to hair and dry with hairdryerForms a “shrink wrap” over lice and hair and sufocates liceGrowing evidence → more efective than synergized pyrethrinsDimethicone 4% lotionShown to cure pediculosis, less irritationCoats lice, irreversibly immobilizes within 5 minutesLouseBusterMachine: applies heat to hair, scalp → Dehydrates, kills lice/nits Preliminary evidence → kills > 90% of nitsPediculosis Counseling PointsWhen washing brushes, toys, towels, linens, clothes, bedding:Water temperature of ≥ 130° for 10 minutes Highest heat dryer setting fabric permitsAvoid close physical contact with an infested patientVacuum thoroughly, regularly during treatment periodInspect hair and scalp diligently in segmentsBefore, during, and after treatmentUse nit comb to remove nits (individual hairs may be tripped if nit removal is difficult)Risk of treatment resistance → avoid overuseNatoinal Pediculosis Association (headlice.org)
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Head louse, Pediculosis, DEET, Body louse, insect bites, permethrin