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Treating Head Lice

To get rid of head lice, you must kill the live lice on the head and remove or kill all the nits (eggs) from the hair. This typically involves three necessary treatment steps:
 
 
Nit picking can be extremely time consuming. With some of the newer lice medications, including ivermectin lotion, nit picking is unnecessary. However, if seeing the dead lice or eggs in the hair is too disturbing for you, you certainly can choose to nit pick.
 
(Click How to Get Rid of Head Lice to learn the proper way to nit pick and treat the house. Click Home Remedy for Head Lice to learn about alternative treatments, including some common home remedies like tea tree oil and olive oil.)
 

How Does Ivermectin Lotion Work?

The active ingredient in this lotion (ivermectin) works by paralyzing the lice. The inactive ingredients then clog up the breathing holes, causing the lice to suffocate. Ivermectin lotion also kills the eggs (the nits), which is why it is often effective with just one treatment.
 

Is It Safe for Use in Young Children?

Ivermectin lotion is approved for use in children as young as six months old. It is not approved in younger infants, as they are at risk for absorbing more of the medication through the skin.
 

Is Ivermectin Lotion Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, healthcare providers may recommend medications for something other than the approved uses. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are no well-accepted off-label uses for ivermectin lotion.
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