What Brands of Mayonnaise Work Best to Treat Head Lice?

What Brands of Mayonnaise Work Best to Treat Head Lice?

Although some people believe mayonnaise can kill head lice by smothering them, there is little clinical evidence of the effectiveness of this treatment, reports Mayo Clinic. Wet-combing, household cleaning and essential oils are also clinically unproven treatments.

Over-the-counter medications are available to treat lice. These medications usually contain pyrethrin and are usually applied to the hair after it has been washed. In certain cases, a doctor prescribes a stronger medication. Benzyl alcohol and malathion can only be prescribed to older children. The medicated shampoo Lindane is used as a last-resort treatment because of its severe side effects and is only approved for adult use, according to Mayo Clinic.