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Don't Let Your Kids Get Sidelined With Sports-Related Infections

Posted 26 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 26, 2017 – Organized sports provide a wide range of benefits for children and teens. But there's a risk of infections if certain safety measures aren't followed, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warns. "Joining an athletic team is a fun, physically challenging and healthy way for kids to practice teamwork and sportsmanship, but they do need to understand ...

Heath Tip: Getting Rid of Head Lice

Posted 11 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Head lice infections are common among school-age children, but with the proper treatment, you can get rid of both the bugs and their nits (eggs). The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Remove clothing before starting the treatment to prevent staining from the chemicals. Apply the treatment according to the product's label instructions. You may need to use two bottles if ...

New 'Superlice' Resist Most Over-the-Counter Remedies

Posted 9 Sep 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 9, 2016 – In the war against "superlice," parents appear to be up against a mighty foe – and it's one they'd certainly rather never see in the first place. A new report warns that over-the-counter products have lost much of their effectiveness against the so-called superlice. The good news is that prescription products can still get rid of those creepy critters. Parents should ...

Head Lice No Cause for Panic, Expert Says

Posted 8 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 7, 2016 – Most parents have at one time or another received the dreaded school notice: a case of head lice has been detected in your child's class. But, an expert says, there's no need to panic. Head lice don't carry diseases or indicate poor parenting or housekeeping, said Dr. Karen Sheehan, a pediatric emergency medicine specialist at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital ...

Average U.S. Home Harbors About 100 Types of Insects, Other Critters

Posted 19 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2016 – Even if you think you live alone, you may not: A new study finds that the average American shares his or her home with over 100 different species of insects and other "arthropods." Arthropods are invertebrates with exoskeletons – segmented bodies and jointed limbs, and include insects, spiders, centipedes and mites. A team led by Matt Bertone, an entomologist at North ...

Head Lice Now Resistant to Common Meds in 25 States

Posted 18 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 – Drug-resistant head lice are very likely coming to a school near you, U.S. investigators warn. At least 25 states host lice populations that don't respond to common over-the-counter treatments, a new analysis reveals. Permethrin, part of the pyrethroid class of insecticides, has long been the go-to weapon against head lice, mosquitoes, bedbugs and other insects. But ...

Doctors Say Head Lice Should Not Bar Kids From School

Posted 27 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 27, 2015 – Outbreaks of head lice in kids can be effectively treated without banning infected children from school, new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) say. In fact, the AAP believes that doctors and other health care professionals should educate schools and communities that "no-nit" policies are unfair and should not be implemented. Children found to have ...

Health Tip: Getting Rid of Head Lice

Posted 4 Mar 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Head lice are tiny insects that infest the scalp and can spread quickly between family members and housemates. The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests how to get rid of head lice: Treat lice with an over-the-counter pyrethrin- or permethrin-based shampoo, or consult your doctor about a prescription brand. Pick nits out of the scalp with a lice comb. Cover one section at a time at ...

Health Tip: Check Your Child for Head Lice

Posted 24 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

-- Head lice are easily spread from person to person by close contact or by sharing items such as hairbrushes or towels. The American Academy of Pediatrics explains how to check a child for head lice: Have your child sit down in a brightly lit room. Part your child's hair in the middle and begin by inspecting the scalp. Look for crawling, fast-moving, light-colored lice. Also look for their nits ...

Back-to-School Prep Includes Lice Review

Posted 15 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 15, 2014 – With the new school year here, parents need to think about how to deal with head lice, an expert says. The first sign of head lice may be excessive itching on the nape of the neck and behind the ears, said D'Ann Somerall, an assistant professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing. All children with lice and their bedmates should be treated at the ...

Head Lice Growing Resistant to Standard Meds

Posted 14 Mar 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 14, 2014 – Most head lice found in North America now carry a gene mutation that makes them resistant to standard over-the-counter treatments, a new study cautions. Head lice infestation is a major public-health issue, the researchers said, with roughly 10 percent of all American school-aged children missing school due to the intense itching and secondary infections that signal ...

Keep Lice Off Your Child's Head

Posted 24 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 24, 2014 – It's that time of year when your children are back in school – and you need to be on the lookout for head lice, an expert says. Most common among kids in preschool, grade school and day-care settings, between 6 million and 12 million cases of head lice show up on the scalps of children aged 3 to 11 in the United States each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease ...

Sanofi Announces FDA Approval of Sklice Lotion for the Treatment of Head Lice

Posted 7 Feb 2012 by Drugs.com

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., Feb. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Sanofi announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Sklice (ivermectin) lotion, 0.5% for the topical treatment of head lice, in patients 6 months of age and older. Effective and well-tolerated, Sklice Lotion treats lice in most patients with a single 10-minute application of the lotion, without nit combing. "The ...

FDA Approves Natroba Head Lice Treatment for Children and Adults

Posted 19 Jan 2011 by Drugs.com

ROCKVILLE, Md., Jan. 18, 2011--The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Natroba (spinosad) Topical Suspension 0.9% for the treatment of head lice infestation in patients ages 4 years and older. Head lice are parasitic insects found on people's head, eyebrows, and eyelashes. They feed on human blood several times a day but are not known to cause disease. Head lice are spread mainly by ...

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