Lice

Read articles about lice – and its management, and its treatment options.

Treatment of Head Lice

An estimated 1 in 10 children in Canada will be affected by a lice infestation this year. Diagnosis, proper identification, treatments, and common myths that impede effective treatment are discussed in this article.

Lice Treatment – Washing clothing and bedding

Properly managing clothing and bedding are an often neglected aspect of lice treatment. This article discusses cleaning these materials properly.

A Review of Therapeutic Options for Head Lice

Head lice infestations (Pediculosis humanus capitis) are most prevalent during childhood in industrialized countries. It is estimated to occur in about 1-3% of children aged 6-12 years. Greater susceptibility is associated with girls, which is likely attributed to close contact play and the sharing of objects.

Head Lice: A Review of Topical Therapies and Rising Pediculicidal Resistance (Pharmacist Edition)

Head lice infestation is a common problem for children in Canada. Diagnosis, and treatment are discussed as well as the problem of heritable resistance, and alternate treatments.

Current Treatments for Scabies and Pediculosis

Scabies and lice have afflicted man since ancient times. Permethrin is generally the treatment of choice for head lice and scabies, because of its residual effect. Toxicity and absorption are minimal. Ivermectin should be reserved for cases where permethrin fails.

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

Insecticides are the mainstay of lice treatment. Critical points and areas that are frequently missed are discussed, as well as the two main treatments that are available on the market.

Head Lice: A Review of Topical Therapies and Rising Pediculicidal Resistance

Head lice infestations (Pediculosis capitis) are a worldwide problem with prevalence estimates typically ranging between 1-3% in elementary school aged children. Although this obligate parasite is a nuisance, infestation does not pose a health risk.

Trying To Keep Ahead of Lice: A Therapeutic Challenge

Pediculosis capitis, or head lice, is a world-wide public health concern affecting persons of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds. It is caused by Pediculus humanus capitis, an obligate ectoparasite that lives on human hair and feeds on the blood from the skin.

Treatment of Head Lice

Headlice is extremely common, affecting 1 in 10 children. Appropriate treatment, counselling, and management techniques are discussed in this article as well as the most common causes of treatment failure.

Anti-lice Insecticide – Permethrin

Permethrin is a commonly used anti-lice agent for the treatment of lice. Instruction and advisory notes are provided in this short article.

Anti-lice Insecticide: Malathion

Malathion, available in the United States as Ovion, was removed from the Canadian market in 1991 due to stronger alternatives. This article reviews the instructions and the advisory notes on this lice treatment briefly.

Anti-lice Insecticide: Lindane

This article is a brief overview of Lindane, and anti-lice insecticide that is available. Proper instructions as well as the advisory notes are in the article.

Trying To Keep Ahead of Lice: A Therapeutic Challenge

Lice have developed resistance to some pediculicides and it is expected that with ongoing use, these pediculicides will probably become less effective.

Lice Treatment Problems and Failure

This article discusses some common pitfalls in treatment lice, and reasons why treatments can fail - sometimes due to simple mis-identification.

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