Scientists at the University of Utah have invented a chemical-free, hairdryer-like device called the LouseBuster. And they have a study showing that it eradicates head lice infestations on children by exterminating the eggs or “nits” and killing enough lice to prevent them from reproducing.
Here are the details.
Several variations in using the LouseBuster were tried in 169 infested people
One 30-minute application at a temperature, slightly cooler than a standard blow-dryer
Nearly 100% mortality of eggs and 80% mortality of hatched lice
All subjects were cured of head lice when examined 1 week later
No adverse effects of treatment
You can’t buy the LouseBuster in stores yet. It’s in the “early stages of commercial development by a company called Larada Sciences.”
John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.