|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||2017|
|Authors:||D. D. Dörge, Kuhn, T., Klimpel, S.|
|Pagination:||1189 - 1196|
|Keywords:||Anti-louse products, Dimethicones, Head lice treatment|
Abstract Lice have been parasitizing humans for at least 10,000 years. Since then, humans have tried to rid themselves of these unpleasant and potentially disease-carrying insects. Despite various plant extracts and chemical compounds being used to combat recurring infestations to this date, several lice populations have developed resistance to some of the abun- dantly used compounds. This resulted in the development of anti-louse products that physically kill the different lice stages. Today, a widely used group of delousing agents are dimethicones (polydimethylsiloxane PDMS) which function by suffocating the lice. However, many dimethicones and re- lated products are highly flammable which makes them po- tentially dangerous for treatment. In the present study, we tested the flammability of 22 delousing agents in order to shed some light onto this currently unresolved problem in the prod- uct design of pediculicides. Thirteen products were easily ig- nitable, some even by distant contact with a sparkler.
|Short Title:||Parasitol Res|
Flammability testing of 22 conventional European pediculicides