Living With Head Lice Treatments

Head Louse

Head Louse
Photo: John Hallmén

Human head lice have become resistant to some insecticides and there is a need for new products. Products containing minerals have proved to be effective against head lice. Mineral oils act on the cuticle of soft bodied insects by dissolving and disrupting the waterproof coating resulting in desiccation of eggs and lice, or in some cases by entering and clogging spiracles, preventing oxygen exchange. Shampoos containing mineral oil can be effective in treating head lice.

Wolf L, Eertmans F, Wolf D, Rossel B, Adriaens E. (2016). Efficacy and Safety of a Mineral Oil-Based Head Lice Shampoo: A Randomized, Controlled, Investigator-Blinded, Comparative Study. PLoS ONE 11(6): e0156853.
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0156853

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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