Control of head lice with a coconut derived emulsion shampoo.

Publication: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology : JEADV
Publication Date: 2009
Study Author(s): Connolly, M;Stafford, K A;Coles, G C;Kennedy, C T C;Downs, A M R;
Institution: Department of Dermatology, Bristol Dermatology Centre, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol, UK.
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OBJECTIVE : To evaluate a novel coconut-derived emulsion (CDE) shampoo against head Lice infestation in children.

DESIGN : A school trial in which pupils were treated on days 0 and 7 and checked on days 8 and 15 and a family trial where product was applied by parents three times in 2 weeks or used as a cosmetic shampoo and checked on days 14 and days 70.

SETTING : UK schools in Bristol and Western-super-Mare and families in Northern Somerset.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE : Numbers of children free from infestation after treatment.

RESULTS : In the school trial, percentage cures at day 8 were 14% (permethrin, n=7) and 61% (CDE, n=37). In the family trial where all family members were treated, cure rate was 96% (n=28), and if the shampoo was subsequently used as a cosmetic shampoo, only 1 of 12 children became re-infested after 10 weeks.

CONCLUSION : CDE shampoo is a novel effective method of controlling head lice and used after treatment as a cosmetic shampoo can aid in the reduction of re-infestation.
PMID: 18631276

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