Chapter 47. Head Lice

  1. Hywel Williams MSC, PhD, FRCP Professor Dermato-Epidemiology Co-ordinating Editor
  1. Ian F. Burgess BSc, MSc, MPhil, FRES, FRSH, FADO Director1 and
  2. Ciara S. Casey BSc(Hon), PhD Laboratory Manager Lecturer2

Published Online: 14 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444300161.ch47

Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition

Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Burgess, I. F. and Casey, C. S. (2008) Head Lice, in Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition (ed H. Williams), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444300161.ch47

Editor Information

  1. Centre of Evidence-Based Dermatology, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Medical Entomology Centre, Insect Research & Development Limited, Shepreth, Royston, UK

  2. 2

    Department of Biological Science, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2009
  2. Published Print: 11 APR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405145183

Online ISBN: 9781444300161



  • head lice (Pediculus capitis) - blood-feeding insects;
  • Cochrane Infectious Diseases Group;
  • BioScience Information Service (BIOSIS) and Toxicology Literature Online (Toxline);
  • insecticide-based pediculicide;
  • lice or viable eggs - mechanical removal;
  • herbal treatments and essential oils;
  • permethrin, malathion, phenothrin - effective head lice treatment;
  • accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment strategy


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Background

  • Questions

  • References