What is the efficacy of mechanical removal in the treatment of pediculosis (lice infestation)?

Updated: Aug 16, 2019
  • Author: Lyn C C Guenther, MD, FRCPC, FAAD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Most studies have shown that mechanical removal alone (ie, wet-combing every 2-3 days for a minimum of 2 weeks) is not as effective as mechanical removal combined with a pediculicide. [57] Proper treatment with medication is advised.

Shaving is effective but is usually not necessary or socially acceptable. However, in resistant disease, it may be a consideration.


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