After an infestation has been confirmed, you can either treat the head lice by wet combing the hair or by using a special lotion or spray designed to eradicate the lice. These products are available at Davidsons Chemist and our trained staff will be able to advise you on which products are most appropriate. It is important to note that neither treatment techniques will protect against re-infestation.
Lotions and sprays should only be used if live lice have been confirmed. Several products are available to purchase, including shampoos and crème rinses; however, these have been proven to be less effective than lotions.
The most popular product to use is dimeticone lotion (Hedrin). It should be noted that dimeticone should not be used on children under six months of age, except on medical advice. This odourless and easy to use treatment is suitable for asthmatics, pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding. Hedrin lotion is available from your local Davidsons Chemist under the NHS Pharmacy First Scotland service after a consultation with a pharmacist.
It is important to follow the instructions when applying lotions or sprays. The length of time may vary, ranging from 10 minutes to eight hours, depending on what product has been applied. It is recommended that dimeticone lotion is applied overnight and rinsed off in the morning. Generally, two applications of lotion are required to eradicate head lice, and these should be used 7 days apart to kill any newly hatched lice.
Some products available should not be used in pregnancy or in people with certain medical conditions, such as asthma. Therefore, we advise you to consult with your pharmacist before using these products.