Another Reason to Choose a Non-Toxic Head Lice Treatment: NO Permethrin!

By Lisa  |  Monday, August 15, 2011  |  ,  |  Leave comment

We take a great deal of pride that our Licefreee! products provide effective treatment and are completely non-toxic to humans.  We use naturally occurring ingredients to kill lice and their eggs and our formula is free of the pesticide permethrin: a topical insecticide used to treat head lice and nits, scabies, and various species of ticks.

Non-toxic Head Lice Treatments

Permethrin is the active ingredient used in several over-the-counter products to treat head lice and is approved by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Here are some pieces of information obtained from the EPA Factsheet on Permethrin.

We encourage you to visit their site to learn more about the health risks of using products that contain this pesticide.

"Permethrin was first registered and tolerances established in the United States in 1979 for use on cotton.  The registration was made conditional due to the need for additional toxicology and ecological effects data to fully evaluate carcinogenicity and aquatic risk, respectively.

After additional toxicity data were reviewed, EPA concluded that permethrin was a weak carcinogen. Further, laboratory studies indicated that permethrin was highly toxic to fish and aquatic invertebrates; therefore, it was classified as Restricted Use pesticide (RUP) for the cotton use."

For More Information

For more information about EPA's pesticide registration program, the Permethrin RED, or registration of individual products containing permethrin, please contact the Special Review and Registration Division (7508P), Office of Pesticide Programs, U.S. EPA, Washington, D.C. 20460, telephone 703-308-8000.

Treatments that are pyrethrum or permethrin based may trigger reactions in those who are allergic to ragweed. Be sure to check the ingredients or talk to a doctor or pharmacist before choosing a treatment!

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