Which occlusive therapy techniques for the treatment pediculosis and pthiriasis (lice infestation) have not been scientifically evaluated?

Updated: Aug 16, 2019
  • Author: Lyn C C Guenther, MD, FRCPC, FAAD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Other occlusive therapy techniques, such as vinegar, mayonnaise, petroleum jelly, olive oil, butter, isopropyl alcohol, and water submersion as long as 6 hours, have been advocated, but most have not been scientifically evaluated. However, a dry-on, suffocation-based pediculicide (DSP) lotion was found to be effective in open trials. [35]


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