Dimethicone Lice MD
LiceMD is pediatrician tested and effectively eleminates eggs and lice. What’s more, LiceMD uses a synthetic lubricant which makes comb-out smooth and easy, even for long, thick or curly hair.
Dimethicone, the primary ingredient in LiceMD, is used as a conditioning agent in many top selling shampoos and has a well-known safety profile. LiceMD is clear, odorless, and non-irritating to skin.
- If the person being treated wears glasses or contacts, remove before starting.
- Provide young children with a book, video or other distraction that will help them relax and sit quietly while combing out hair.
- For longer hair, pin hair up and apply to nape of neck first. Then apply solution to the rest of the hair.
- LiceMD is very slippery. Clean up spills immediately with hot water and soap.
- Place a towel on the floor for quick and easy clean up.
Patients and parents count on you to provide them with advice regarding treatments for themselves and their children. LiceMD offers a real alternative to pesticide lice treatments and uses a patented, odorless formula to eliminate head lice in a simple three step process. The dimethicone-based formula super-conditions the hair and since LiceMD uses a physical mode of action versus a chemical one, there is no danger of developing pesticide resistance. Lice pesticide resistance does occur in the U.S. LiceMD is also non-irritating on the scalp during and after application. And in consumer testing, users of LiceMD liked the ease of use, effectiveness and odor-free formula.
This kit includes
- LiceMD liquid gel
- Lice comb
- For external use only. Keep out of reach of children.
- For children under 2, consult a doctor before use.
- Avoid contact with eyes.
- To avoid injury from slips and falls, clean up spills immediately.
- Before using, read instruction leaflet inside package for complete directions.
- Step 1:
- Apply LiceMD to dry hair and massage until thoroughly wet.
- Pay attention to behind the ears and the nape of the neck where lice, eggs and nits are more likely to be found.
- Wait 10 minutes.
- Step 2:
- While hair and scalp are wet with LiceMD, comb out lice, eggs and nits with the enclosed lice comb.
- Step 3:
- After coming the entire head, wash hair thoroughly with your regular shampoo and warm water.
- Clean home to prevent reinfestation.
- See enclosed leaflet for complete directions.
- Inspect hair and scalp each day for lice, eggs and nits for 10 days.
- Repeat steps 1-3 at any time if necessary.
- See instruction leaflet for complete directions before each use.
- Usage Guidelines:
- Short Hair Length: 1-2 oz.
- Medium Hair Length: 2-3 oz.
- Long Hair Length: 3-4 oz.
- Store at room temperature.
All About Head Lice
What Are Head Lice?
Head lice are small parasitic insects that are about the size of a sesame seed and live on the human scalp. They are brownish, tan or gray in color and move by crawling. Lice do not jump or fly, and do not transmit diseases. They feed on human blood and without it they can’t survive.
- Lice are not known to cause disease.
- Lice infestations are not due to poor hygiene.
- Lice live on peoples scalps, not on animals.
How Are They Transmitted?
Lice do not travel great distances on their own. In fact, they can only survive away from a human host for 48 hours. They crawl from one person to another and are spread by direct hair-to-hair contact. Other means of spreading are from the sharing of combs, hats, helmets, scarves, headphones, pillows or other personal items.
How to Help Prevent Lice Infestation
- Notify your children’s school.
- Check everyone in the family for lice.
- Do not share combs or personal items worn on the head or neck.
- Check hair and scalp for 10 days. If lice or eggs remain, re-treat with LiceMD®.
- Wash all clothing, bedding and towels used by infested persons in hot water (above 130ºF). Dry items at highest heat for at least 20 minutes. Dry clean items that cant be washed.
- Disinfect hair products such as combs, brushes and hair accessories by soaking in hot (above 130º F) soapy water for 5 to 10 minutes.
- Place stuffed toys in plastic bags and seal for 2 weeks.
- Vacuum rugs, carpets, mattresses and car seats thoroughly. Dispose of vacuum cleaner bags immediately after use.
How to Detect Head Lice
- Examine the head under bright natural light.
- Part the hair and closely examine the scalp, especially the nape of the neck and behind the ears. Lice will quickly move away from the light.
- To find the eggs, look for small white or yellowish-brown specks that are about the size of a poppy seed. Eggs are found on the hair shaft close to the scalp. Newly laid eggs are almost transparent, so it is helpful to examine the hair from different angles of light.
- To tell the difference between eggs and dandruff, try to dislodge them from the hair shaft. If they are not easily removed, they are probably eggs.
Facts About Head Lice
- There are between 6 and 12 million cases of head lice each year.
- Head lice are the second most common condition among children – second only to the common cold.
- About 80 percent of schools across the country have at least one outbreak of head lice per year.
- Anyone can get head lice.
- Pre-school and elementary aged children (those aged 3 to 12) are most commonly infested, girls more frequently than boys.
- Lice infestation is not due to poor hygiene. In fact, lice prefer to live on clean heads.
- Head lice spread easily by direct contact.
- Head lice can be spread whenever there is direct contact between the head or hair with an infested individual.
- Lice can also be spread through the sharing of personal articles like hats, towels, brushes, helmets, hair ties, etc.
- There is also a possibility of spreading head lice via a pillow, headrest or similar items.
- Humans cannot get head lice from pets.
Dimethicone Treatment for Lice
According to the Mayo Clinic, head lice are the second most common problem afflicting schoolchildren after the common cold. While the Centers for Disease Control does not track the number of lice infestations, schools and lice product manufacturers estimate that there are anywhere between 12 and 25 million infestations in the U.S. per year, and the majority of these are school-age children. Use of over-the-counter medicated shampoos can be daunting for parents or adults who fear exposing such a vulnerable area to a product that’s essentially a pesticide. And certainly the misuse or reapplication of traditional lice-killing treatments can cause serious side-effects, such as severe burning of the skin. Many nontraditional head lice treatments contain dimethicone as a key ingredient and purport to be a safer option, especially for the younger population. But do products containing dimethicone really kill lice?
What Is Dimethicone?
Quite simply, dimethicone is an ingredient found in nontraditional head lice treatments such as LiceMD. But it’s most commonly used as an emollient in numerous cosmetic products used to moisturize dry skin and assuage symptoms of minor skin irritations, including lotions, creams and other topical moisturizers that can be found at any drugstore. Dimethicone is a key ingredient in products such as Aveeno Moisturizing Lotion and Johnson’s Baby Cream. It is the primary ingredient in LiceMD.
Dimethicone Treatments vs. Traditional Treatments
Head lice are typically treated using medicated shampoos that work akin to pesticides by killing lice and their eggs. Common over-the-counter brands include Rid and Nix, but if an infestation is particularly stubborn, physicians may prescribe topical medications containing malathion, lindane or benzyl alcohol lotion. While Nix should not be used in infants under 2 months of age, Rid can be used in children of all ages. When used appropriately according to directions, these should pose no health hazards. Products containing dimethicone are not considered pesticides.
How Do Dimethicone Products Work?
Unlike over-the-counter topical medications such as Rid and Nix which eliminate head lice by killing the lice and nits, products containing dimethicone purport to “smother” lice to death. According to the manufacturer of LiceMD, dimethicone treatments are pesticide-free and provide an “effortless” removal of lice and nits using a fine-toothed comb. The benefits of products such as LiceMD are primarily in its “pain free” properties, particularly for people with long, curly hair or hair that tangles easily.
Dimethicone Side Effects
Any medication can cause side effects, but most people don’t have a reaction to dimethicone. Those who do may experience mild itching, burning or stinging on their skin. Sometimes an allergic reaction may occur and produce severe side effects, such as rash, hives, severe burning or persistent itching and skin irritation, difficulty breathing, tightening in the chest and swelling in the face, lips and tongue.
Does Dimethicone Treatment Really Work?
Parents of children with head lice may resort to desperate measures to protect their child from harsh treatments, turning to homeopathic remedies instead. This is also an appealing option for adults who fear a negative reaction to pesticide treatments. But dimethicone products don’t kill lice or their eggs; they simply make it easier to manually remove lice and nits by lubricating the hair shaft. According to W. Steven Pray, Ph.D., D.Ph., of the College of Pharmacy Southwestern Oklahoma State University, products that contain dimethicone should be avoided, as they have not been proven safe or effective for treating head lice. Pray also advises against using other homeopathic remedies that use salt, herbs or essential oils.