Shrink-Wrap Lice Treatment Available Over the Counter

By Christina Elston

Remember hearing about an experimental treatment for head lice that involved blow-drying lotion onto the child's hair to "shrink wrap" and suffocate the lice? The researcher who developed the treatment has revealed how parents and physicians can easily administer it themselves. 

The journal Pediatrics reported on the nontoxic treatment back in September 2004, noting that the method had achieved a 96 percent cure rate, far surpassing any currently available remedy.

Dale Pearlman, M.D., the northern California dermatologist who pioneered the treatment, recently revealed that the lotion used in his study - which he called "Nuvo" - is actually Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, available over-the-counter at major pharmacies nationwide.

Pearlman, who made his revelation in a letter to the editor in the Dec. 5, 2005, edition of Pediatrics, has also posted instructions online at, so that parents and other physicians can learn how to administer the treatment.

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