Treating head lice - dimethicone lotion

Treating head lice - dimethicone lotion

4 percent (4%) dimethicone lotion is a very effective head lice treatment that your family doctor can prescribe.

Step by step for treating head lice with 4 percent (4%) dimethicone lotion

  • put the lotion on to dry hair
  • work it in around the head and cover the hair right to the ends
  • use enough lotion to completely moisten the hair and scalp
  • comb the hair with an ordinary comb to make sure the lotion covers all the hair evenly
  • leave the lotion to dry naturally
  • wait at least 8 hours before washing the hair with your normal shampoo
  • there's no need to cover the hair with a wrap
  • head lice can't move within a minute of being covered with 4 percent (4%) dimethicone lotion
  • you can use a fine-tooth head lice comb to remove remaining eggs after treatment and any dead lice which were not washed out - this step is not essential
  • repeat in 7 days

This page last reviewed 05 April 2018.
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