Article Text

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


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.

Statistics from

Request Permissions

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.

  • Relevant BNF section: 13.10.4

View Full Text