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Vol. 10 - Num. 38

Brief Reports

Head lice

Benjamín Herranz Jordána, E Abad Irazustab

aPediatra. CS El Abajón de Las Rozas. Madrid. España.
bMédico Puericultor. Instituto Madrileño del Menor y la Familia. Protección de Menores. Consejería de Servicios Sociales. Madrid. España.

Correspondence: B Herranz. E-mail:

Reference of this article: Herranz Jordán B, Abad Irazusta E. Head lice. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2008;10:267-86.

Published in Internet: 30-06-2008 - Visits: 8635


Head lice infestations are, in our experience, more frequent and difficult to treat today than in the past. This is probably due to the increasing resistance to classical insecticides, documented in many countries1,2. Other factors can also be of influence, such as the lack of clinical studies validating the application guidelines and the results of many of the products sold in Spain, and the lack of medical control on diagnosis and treatment. Our objectives are to:

  1. Review the biology of the parasite, especially the aspects of greatest utility for the treatment.
  2. Update treatments.
  3. To compile the products sold in Spain.


Head lice

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