There are a lot of common misconceptions about head lice. In fact, misconceptions are almost as common as head lice themselves.
Here are some facts:
Head lice are yellowish-white insects that are about the size of a sesame seed.1
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They spread through head-to-head contact.1
Lice need human blood to live.1,2 In fact, head lice that are left on your blankets or pillows may die within 48 hours without a human host to feed on.1,3
It takes about 8 or 9 days for head lice nits (eggs) to hatch.1
An itchy scalp is the most common symptom of head lice.1,2 But not everyone with head lice gets itchy - itchiness happens only in people who are allergic to head lice saliva.
Mayonnaise, olive oil, margarine, butter, and similar home remedies have not been proven to be effective head lice treatments.1,2
Pets don't get head lice and spread them to people.2
Lice don't have wings, therefore they cannot fly. They also don't
hop or jump. But they can crawl quickly!1 The buildup of static electricity
from brushing dry hair can launch a louse right off your head.1,2,4
Sklice Lotion is a prescription medication for topical use on the hair and scalp only, for treatment of head lice in people 6 months of age and older.
Sklice Lotion should be used in the context of an overall lice management program:
Wash (in hot water) or dry-clean all recently worn clothing, hats, used bedding, and towels.
Wash personal care items such as combs, brushes, and hair clips in hot water.
A fine-tooth comb or special nit comb may be used to remove dead lice and nits.
have any skin conditions or sensitivities
have any other medical conditions
are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Sklice Lotion can harm your unborn baby.
are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Sklice Lotion passes into your breast milk.
To prevent accidental ingestion, adult supervision is required for pediatric application. Avoid contact with eyes.
The most common side effects from Sklice Lotion include eye redness or soreness, eye irritation, dandruff, dry skin, and burning sensation of the skin.
Talk with your doctor if you or your child have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Please see the full Prescribing Information for Sklice Lotion.
Frankowski BL, Bocchini JA Jr; Council on School Health and Committee on Infectious Diseases. Head lice. Pediatrics. 2010;126(2):392-403.
Mumcuoglu KY, Gilead L, Ingber A. New insights in pediculosis and scabies. Expert Rev Dermatol. 2009;4(3):285-302.
Takano-Lee M, Yoon KS, Edman JD, Mullens BA, Clark JM. In vivo and in vitro rearing of pediculus humanus capitis (Anoplura: Pediculidae). J Med Entomol. 2003;40(5):628-635.
Burgess IF. Human lice and their management. Adv Parasitol. 1995;36:271-342.
aQualifying patients are eligible for a maximum of 1 benefit. Depending on your out-of-pocket costs the benefit may vary. Pay no more than $25 for up to 1 prescription (maximum benefit is $100 off per prescription depending on your out-of-pocket costs). Sanofi Pasteur reserves the right to rescind, revoke, or amend this offer without notice.