Trying to Keep Ahead of Lice: A Therapeutic Challenge

C. E. Malcolm, MD, CCFP; J. N. Bergman MD, FRCPC


Skin Therapy Letter. 2006;11(10):1-6. 

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Standard Pediculicides: Neurotoxic Agents

These agents are historically considered the standard treatment and have been the most effective treatment for head lice. This category of pediculicides is not recommended for children under 2 years of age and off-label use of these products for patients in this age range is based on clinical judgment.[5]These products should be applied to the entire scalp. Because hair conditioner may coat the hair and protect the lice and nits, it should be avoided before product application.[7]


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