The use of insecticide-containing shampoos to treat head lice is considered quite safe as long as the directions are followed. The safety of sprays intended for use on furniture and bedding that contain similar ingredients, however, is a subject of some debate. "Our organization is vehemently -- and I can't use that word strongly enough -- vehemently opposed to sprays," says Deborah Altschuler, president of the National Pediculosis Association, Newton, Mass. The insecticide ingredients in ...

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