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Physician Says Cetaphil Effective in Treating Head Lice

Lotion is applied to scalp and allowed to dry, according to California doctor

FRIDAY, Dec. 9 (HealthDay News) -- Cetaphil Cleanser, available over the counter, is the simple and effective treatment for head lice mentioned in a September 2004 study in Pediatrics, according to a letter published this month.

In a letter to the editor in the December issue of the journal, Dale Pearlman, M.D., of Family Dermatology in Menlo Park, Calif., reveals that the Nuvo lotion used to treat head lice in his study, which was published in September 2004, is Cetaphil Cleanser. The lotion is applied to the scalp and dried in place, which suffocates lice.

"The reported results demonstrated a refreshingly simple way to cure head lice reliably: 96% effective, 94% long-term cure rate, nontoxic, and no extensive house clean-up or nit removal," Pearlman notes of his previous study.

Pearlman, who sent the letter in response to the many inquiries he has received, has U.S. patents and pending foreign patents covering the technology, according to the September study.

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