Only treat infected individuals – not whole household.
NHS Grampian does not recommend a policy of rotating between specified insecticides.
Treatment must be reapplied after 7 days to ensure any lice that hatch following the first application are killed.
Head lice treatments available and in use in the UK without prescription are:
- Dimeticone Hedrin lotion®
- Malathion Derbac-M liquid®
Some preparations contain alcohol or irritant vapour, which may produce adverse effects in certain individuals e.g. those suffering from eczema or severe asthma. In such cases, an aqueous/alternative preparation should be considered.
A contact time of 12 hours, or overnight, is recommended for lotions and liquids.
Additional products available OTC include:
- Isopropyl myristate and cyclomethicone solution, g. Full Marks Solution®
- Coconut, anise, and ylang ylang spray, e.g. Lyclear® SprayAway