Literature update: July 2015

Created on 17.07.15

A round up of relevant literature for lice treatments in recent months.

Systematic review of lice treatment in Turkey

A review by Ozkan et al., published in the June 2015 edition of Turkish Journal of Parasitology, examines 63 articles on the prevalence and management of head lice in Turkey between 1982 and 2012. The majority of these articles comprised studies on public schools. In general, lice prevalence is found to increase with years of eduction, and is higher among subjects with lower economic status.

Lice treatment review I

A review by Verma and Namdeo, published in the May edition of the Indian Journal of Dermatology, outlines both over-the-counter and prescription lice treatments available, and outlines the evidence for the effectiveness of current pediculicides, alternative medicines and physical mechanisms.

Lice treatment review II

A review by Wadowski et al., published in the May edition of the Clinics in Dermatology, outlines current lice treatments available for children, including approved drugs, off-label uses, over-the-counter treatments and herbal remedies.

Mercury poising after herbal lice treatment

A short case report by Knodashenas et al., published in the Mar 2015 edition of the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, discusses two cases of inadvertant mercury poisoning through application of a herbal treatment for lice applied to the scalp.

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