Flammability testing of 22 conventional European pediculicides

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2017
Authors:D. D. Dörge, Kuhn, T., Klimpel, S.
Journal:Parasitology Research
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
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