Parasonic founded in 2013 is a technological startup developing a patented ultrasound technology for killing lice and nits without chemicals.
Head lice infestations are a global problem, with approximately 12 million infestations in children and adults every year in the United States alone! Despite the primitive nature of head lice, it is very difficult to eradicate them, and re-infestation is common. There are several distinct problems in todays head lice treatment market:
• Lice developing resistance. Lice are becoming increasingly resistant to the chemical substances, such as permethrin, pyrethrins, and malathion, that have been used in the leading preparations in the US since the 1980s. Some studies show that these products have an efficacy of less than 50%.
• Products are not effective against lice eggs. The preparations that are still effective against lice, do not effectively kill their eggs. Therefore, the treatment has to be repeated after several days in order to prevent re-infestation.
• Side effects. The most common side effects are skin irritation and allergies resulting from the scalps exposure to these chemicals.
There is an unmet need for a non-chemical product that effectively kills both head lice and eggs in a single treatment.