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What Is Ivermectin Lotion Used For?

Ivermectin lotion is prescribed for killing head lice and the eggs (nits). It works by paralyzing the lice and then suffocating them. Only one application is necessary. This medicine is approved for use in adults and children as young as six months old. There are currently no off-label (or unapproved) uses for ivermectin lotion.

An Overview of Uses for Ivermectin Lotion

Ivermectin lotion (Sklice®) is a prescription medication licensed to treat head lice. It comes in the form of a lotion that is applied to the hair and scalp for 10 minutes for a single treatment. There is no need for "nit picking," or combing out the eggs, although you certainly can take the time to comb out the dead lice and nits if you choose.

How Do I Know If I Have Head Lice?

Also called Pediculus humanus capitis, head lice are small, wingless insects. A head louse (head lice is plural) has three pairs of legs located directly behind the head. The legs end in sharp claws that are designed for feeding and allow the louse to hold on tightly to hair or clothing.
The most common symptom of head lice is itching. This is because the head lice saliva causes an allergic reaction. Keep in mind, however, that not everyone with head lice will have symptoms.
The lice can be anywhere on the scalp, but are most commonly seen behind the ears and on the back of the head near the neckline. When looking at the scalp, very few head lice are usually seen. This is because they move rather quickly. However, there are usually many nits (lice eggs) at the base of the scalp.
(Click Signs of Head Lice for more information.)
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