Sort Through Head Lice Treatments

Parents will scratch their heads about how to manage head lice...due to a multitude of products and concerns about resistant "super lice."

Continue to suggest OTCs first. Explain that permethrin (Nix Creme Rinse, etc) or pyrethrins (Rid Shampoo, etc) still kill lice in many cases...have a low risk of side effects...and cost about $10/box.

Point out that many med failures may be from improper use or reinfestation...not necessarily resistance. Advise reading labels closely...and RE-treating in 9 to 10 days.

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