Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Head Lice Treatment

Treatment for head lice usually includes washing clothes and bedding in hot water every day. A nit comb helps remove dead eggs from the hair shafts. Additional treatment may include insecticide shampoo or cream, and oral insecticide medications.

Treatment for head lice includes:
Clothes and bedding must be washed in hot water every day. Insecticide shampoo, cream and oral medications are used to treat head lice.

Nonprescription insecticide shampoos for lice:

Prescription insecticide shampoos for lice:

Insecticide creams for lice:

Topical suspension for head lice:
  • Spinosad (Natroba Topical Suspension 0.9%; ParaPRO)

Oral insecticide medications for lice:

Head Lice Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat head lice:

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Last Updated: May 2, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Head Lice References
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  2. Hill N, Moor G, Cameron MM, Butlin A, Preston S, Williamson MS, Bass C. Single blind, randomised, comparative study of the Bug Buster kit and over the counter pediculicide treatments against head lice in the United Kingdom. BMJ. 2005 Aug 13;331(7513):384-7. [16085658]
  3. West DP. Head lice treatment costs and the impact on managed care. Am J Manag Care. 2004 Sep;10(9 Suppl):S277-82. [15515633]
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