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Title: Efficacy of a grapefruit extract on head lice: a clinical trial.
Authors: Abdel-Ghaffar, F.,
AL-Rasheid, K. A. S
Klimpel, S.
Mehlhorn, H
Keywords: Efficacy,
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Parasitology Research. GERMANY.
Citation: 106: 445-449.
Abstract: Twenty children aging 2-9 years old—four boys with short hair and 16 girls with long hair—were included in a clinical test on the efficacy of a product against head lice (Pediculus humanus capitis). Their hair were exposed to Licatack®, which is a recently developed new anti-louse medicinal product containing extracts of grapefruits besides high quality shampoo components. Prior to this field trial, the product Licatack® was tested dermatologically to be skin safe receiving the grade “very good”. The children’s mothers combed the kids prior to the start of the test in order to confirm that they were all lice-infested. The obtained lice were used for in vitro tests. All children were heavily infested. After combing and preservation of the living lice, the hair was wet with tap water. Then, 50 ml of the Licatack® shampoo was placed onto the top of each child’s head. Then, the mothers distributed the rather fluid product all over the hair thoroughly from their base at the skin until the free end. During this process, a type of massage, the product became foamy and it was easily recognized where the product covered the hair, thus,avoiding untreated spots. The hair of half of the treated children were washed with tap water after 10 min of exposition; while in the other half of the children,
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/11253
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