Pharmacy Clinical Pearl of the Day: Head Lice

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Treatment options for head live include Permethrin (Nix) and Pyrethrin (Rid) as OTC options and prescription medicines such as Ivermectin (Sklice), Spinosad (Natroba), and Malathion.

Clinical Pearl of the Day: Head Lice

  • Head lice are tiny insects that feed on blood from the human scalp.

Explanation:

  • An infestation of head lice most often affects children.
  • It usually results from the direct transfer of lice from the hair of one person to another.
  • Symptoms include itching, lice on scalp, lice eggs on hair shafts, and sores on the scalp, neck, and shoulders.
  • Treatment options include Permethrin (Nix) and Pyrethrin (Rid) as OTC options and prescription medicines such as Ivermectin (Sklice), Spinosad (Natroba) and Malathion.
  • Other alternative options would be wet-combing, essential oils, smothering agents, and dehydration applied to skin.

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