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June 12, 1915

The Treatment of Lice of the Eyelashes and Brows by Hydrogen Peroxid

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(24):2007. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570500055031

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To the Editor:  —In view of the increased interest in body parasites as a cause in transmitting disease, I wish to call attention to the great value of hydrogen peroxid in the treatment of pediculi ciliaris, or lice of the eyelashes and brows. My experience in the treatment of this disgusting pest with the various mercurial solutions and ointments usually recommended and employed for the purpose of destroying these parasites has not been satisfactory. While it is possible after a few days' use of mercurial preparations to destroy the lice, this does not rid the patient of the ova or nits. The treatment must be continued for days and weeks—until all of the ova are hatched. The ova cling tenaciously to the hairs, and the cause of the trouble is controlled if the ova are removed at once. By the application of a ten volume strength of hydrogen peroxid simply

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