Using Lindane to Treat Your Child’s Head Lice? Think Twice!

One of the chemical treatments used to treat head lice is a chemical called Lindane.  The US Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recently warns consumers that this chemical can cause extremely serious side effects – stating that “safer medications are available to treat these conditions.” In fact, by November of 2006, Lindane use was banned in fifty-two countries worldwide and restricted in thirty-three other countries.  Moreover, since 2002, the State of California banned Lindane, effective 2002, and in 2009, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a bill that restricted Lindane’s use to only doctors’ offices.

Lindane, itself, comes as a lotion that must be applied to the skin and as a shampoo to be used on both hair and scalp to treat head lice.

Possible Side Effects of Lindane

  • itching or burning skin
  • skin rash
  • skin tingling or numbness
  • dry skin
  • hair loss

More Serious Side Effects of Lindane

  • drowsiness
  • headache
  • dizziness
  • uncontrollable shaking
  • seizures


Three deaths due to Lindane have been confirmed.  In addition, fourteen additional unconfirmed deaths due to Lindane have been reported as well.  These individuals reportedly did not use Lindane according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Individuals Most Susceptible to Lindane Side Effects

The US government warns that Lindane should not be use for babies and utmost caution should be used when using Lindane on children weighing less than 110 pounds.

In addition, the very young, the elderly, and those individuals with low immunity seem to be the ones that suffer from reactions from Lindane.

What Safe Alternatives are Available to Treat Head Lice?

Fortunately, our businesses offer completely non-toxic, safe, and natural organic lice treatment products that are completely chemical free. Whether you visit our Portland lice treatment salon or our Seattle lice clinics, we definitely can help your child’s head lice dilemma at our family-focused locations!


Feb 23, 2012 | Category: Lice Treatment | Comments: none

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