PIGPEN therapy for head liceBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7403.1405-a (Published 19 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1405
- Trisha Greenhalgh, general practitioner
Background A review of the evidence suggests that chemical treatment is superior to combing in the treatment of head lice (BMJ 2003;326: 1256-8). But there's combing and combing.
Participants and methods Two hundred urchins were recruited from a school playground and randomised using a culturally congruent method (“Oi, you lot—number off”). Exclusion criteria included congenital alopecia (n=1), dreadlocks (n=4), and having a parent who showed enthusiasm for rubbing organophosphates …