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Lice Treatment - Treating the Scalp and Hair with Anti-Lice Treatment Insecticide

The best way to eradicate head lice is to treat the scalp and hair with insecticide (a medicated anti-lice treatment).

Key points:

  • It is important that whichever treatment is used that sufficient quantity is applied.
  • Special attention should be given to behind the ears and the nape of the neck.

Insecticide Treatment Options:

Many safe and effective insecticides (anti-lice treatments) are available, including:

The two popular insecticides below are the same compound however permethrin is a synthesized version. Both have a similar mechanism of action.

Two other alternatives are:

Click on each of the above links to learn more about the insecticides, how effective they are, and in which commercial products they can be found.