For thousands of school children the threat of lice infestation looms large as the warmer season approaches, leading to increased lice activity.
Head lice are small, wingless parasites which live on human hair and feed on tiny amounts of blood drawn from the scalp, causing skin irritation and sometimes infection. Infestation is most frequent in children and is spread through head-to-head contact as well as hats, towels, brushes and pillows.
A study by PubMed Central, a US based medical archive, indicates that up to 58% of all children in Africa will contract lice at some stage. The figure is similar in Asia at 59% and in Europe it is 22.4%¹.
Anti-lice shampoos are the most effective treatment, but many have serious side effects due to poisonous ingredients, particularly the chemical Gamma Benzene Hexachloride (GBH), also known as Lindane and Kwell. These chemicals can be harmful if used incorrectly².
Tea tree oil is also promoted as a treatment for lice but has a high potential for allergic reactions, especially in children. The Food & Drug Administration in the US has recommended against its use. Other home remedies such as vinegar, olive oil or mayonnaise have also been disproved³.
Nature-based Picksan Lice Stop is a high quality, anti-lice shampoo which is non-toxic and contains natural active ingredients, including the MelAza extract, derived from a patented neem seed extract from the neem tree, used in India to treat head lice for thousands of years.
Additionally, Picksan NoLice! is a safe, non-toxic, nature-based preventative spray which has notched up huge successes in Europe. Use Picksan NoLice! Spray to prevent lice at the onset of an outbreak to keep children lice-free for up to eight hours. It can be sprayed onto dry hair, caps, jackets and pillows.
Both products have been formulated by Prof. Heinz Mehlhorn, heads of the department of Cytology and Parasitology at Düsseldorf University. They have undergone extensive dermatological testing and are non-toxic, non-flammable, have a pleasant odour and do not cause skin irritations or affect conditions such as asthma or eczema. They also contain no harmful chemicals or pesticides and are guaranteed free of Gamma Benzene Hexachloride (GBH).
Picksan Stop Lice Anti-Lice Shampoo and NoLice! Preventative Spray are recommended by leading European doctors and are available at Clicks, Dis-Chem, Pick n Pay and all major pharmacies.
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