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Does dimeticone clear head lice?
  • Relevant BNF section: 13.10.4

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Head lice infestation is common and mainly affects children of primary school age.1 Treatments include licensed topical preparations containing conventional chemical insecticides and medical devices. Each of these fail to eradicate head lice in some patients27 and resistance is a problem with chemical insecticides.2,3,810 Dimeticone 4% lotion (Hedrin – Thornton & Ross) is a new treatment licensed “for the eradication of head lice infestations”.11 Here we consider its place in the context of other options.

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  • Relevant BNF section: 13.10.4

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