Effectiveness of Isopropyl Myristate/Cyclomethicone D5 Solution of Removing Cuticular Hydrocarbons From Human Head Lice (Pediculus Humanus Capitis)

Eric Barnett; Kathleen G Palma; Bert Clayton; Timothy Ballard


BMC Dermatol. 2012;12(15) 

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A method of head louse cuticle wax extraction and analysis by gas chromatography was initially developed by CW Scherer.[2] This methodology was scaled up 10-fold, using 10 lice per sample (instead of 1 louse) and 80 μL extraction solvent instead of 8 μL. Work was conducted at En-Cas Analytical Laboratories of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.