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MD comments on Kwell[R].

COUNTRYSIDE: While reading the May/ June issue, I came across a short paragraph (p. 18) by Catherine who mentioned a lotion called "quill." The instructions she wrote are accurate however.

Kwell[R] has been used for as long as I have been involved with the field of medicine (which dates back to the late 1960s when I was a Navy Hospital Corpsman with the Marines in Vietnam). We used it mainly for short-term treatment of pubic lice and scabies in the Marines, who are adults rather than children. I don't recommend it for use in children for reasons noted below.

A quick search of the University of Nebraska website resulted in this paragraph. I direct your attention to the fact that Kwell[R] is made from Lindane.

"It has been used in the U.S. for lice for about 50 years ... Kwell[R] should be used with extreme caution--neurotoxic reactions, carcinogenicity in lab animals and blood disorders have been reported as d result of using lindane shampoos."--Source: "UNL Extension UNL Extension-Lancaster County Pests & Wildlife Head Lice Management O18"

"Lindane lotion is used topically to treat scabies; lindane shampoo is used to treat head and pubic lice. They are used in situations where treatment with other drugs has failed or cannot be tolerated by the individual."

References:

(1.) Podstawka U, Grabarczyk M, Kopec-Szlezak J. Vitamin E protects human leucocytes against toxic effects of lindane in vitro. Mater Med Po11991;23:285-9.

(2.) Dich J, Zahn SH, Hanberg A, Adami HO. Pesticides and cancer. Cancer Causes Control 1997; 8:420-43.

(3.) Sifton DW, ed. Physicians Desk Reference. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company, Inc., 2000, 504-5.

I hope this has been helpful. By the way, I subscribe to very few publications, most of which are however, devoted to the concept of homesteading and self-sufficiency. I am homesteading on a small farm in South Dakota to which I have added a hybrid "off grid" power system which powers a geothermal heating system.

COUNTRYSIDE & SMALL STOCK JOURNAL is the only magazine I have ever consistently read from cover to cover. I enjoy your approach and willingness to publish what people write, rather than have a large staff of "experts" who write things they learn about from the people who actually "do it."--David C. Kleinberg, M.D., South Dakota
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Title Annotation:Country conversation & feedback
Author:Kleinberg, David C.
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Sep 1, 2012
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