Head lice immune to pyrethroids

Around 80 per cent of head lice are resistant to commonly used OTC treatments, research from Wales suggests.

Examination of 316 head lice collected from primary school children showed only 17.4 per cent were susceptible to pyrethroids. More data is needed to determine resistance in the rest of the UK, say the researchers who suggest that a silicone-based lotion should be used in areas with resistance (Arch Dis Child Online).

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