In this age, when mankind moves with its leaps and bounds along the path of progress and the introduction of nanotechnology, an ancient disease like pediculosis (or, more simply, lice) has not disappeared anywhere. For a long time, when lice were considered to be exclusively a "disease of the poor", they were taken out, so to speak, in grandfather's ways: kerosene, dust soap, infusion of wormwood, etc. Today pharmacology represents a wide range of anti-pediculosis drugs, among which one of the most effective of lice is benzyl benzoate.
This lice drug is called a Soviet remedy, because even from Soviet times it was well known to physicians (it was included in the list of vital and necessary medicines) and due to low cost it was always available in medical institutions. It is interesting to note that benzyl benzoate is mainly used not for lice, but for the treatment of scabies and acne. In this he is most effective.
Modern doctors already practically do not prescribe Benzyl benzoate against lice . But it is still, while remaining inexpensive and affordable, is in demand among the population in the treatment of pediculosis .
I think "Benzyl benzoate" is a very good remedy for lice. Although this is actually an ointment from scabies. But if she smeared her head, it would help with lice. It is necessary only to hold a few hours smeared (it is better to smear before going to bed). In the morning you need to wash your hair. If there is a need, you need to repeat this several times. But this is not difficult! Good luck!
Pharmacological properties and forms of benzyl benzoate
Benzyl benzoate is a drug that is part of the pharmacological group of antiparasitic agents. The main active substance is benzyl benzoate (Benzyl benzoate) - phenylmethyl ester of benzoic acid. As auxiliary components, various acids (citric, stearic), household soap, cetostearyl alcohol or emulsion wax, purified water, etc. are used (depending on the release forms).
The drug has the ability to penetrate the chitinous cover of lice and can accumulate in their organisms in lethal doses for larvae and adults (effectively kills lice in 2-5 hours).
Benzyl benzoate from lice is sold as an ointment (cream), gel or emulsion, has a white or yellowish white color and a specific odor. The drug is used only externally.
A worthy remedy (ointment or cream). Tried on myself. I bought it, smeared it with benzyl benzoate, wrapped my head with a handkerchief and held it for about 1-2 hours to secure it. And then she washed her hair. Wonderful effect! But! Nit had to comb out herself. Otherwise, lice will again appear from them.
The dosage forms of benzyl benzoate differ in the content of the main active substance in them:
- for adults - 20% and 25%
- for children - 5% and 10%.
In this case, the instruction for the use of the agent is the same for different concentrations of the active substance.
Instructions for use Benzyl benzoate against lice
Applying ointment Benzyl benzoate to fight head lice, it is applied to the hair and lightly rubbed into the scalp. Then a cotton shawl is tied over his head and waiting for some time (at least 30 minutes). Then rinse your head with warm water mixed with a small amount of 3-5% vinegar, after which it is washed with shampoo.
In accordance with the instruction, the emulsion from lice Benzyl benzoate is shaken well before use, it is impregnated with a cotton swab and in the same way as with the ointment, the head is treated.
After this, you must carefully comb the hair comb (comb) with frequent teeth, thereby removing the dead adults and larvae of lice. Unfortunately, the drug does not have an ovocid effect (it does not kill louse eggs - nits), which means it may be necessary to re-treat. Today, the most reliable way to remove nits is still their mechanical removal.
Benzyl benzoate is a wonderful inexpensive medicine. It can be found in any pharmacy, there may be a cream or suspension. The cream is more convenient to apply. The abstract is simple and understandable. But nits have to be removed manually. It will take several days, it is better to once again undergo treatment. And all linen and things iron hot iron.
Violetta, Nizhny Novgorod
I have tested a lot of children in children, including Para +, Pediculum, chemic water, etc., and he cured Benzyl benzoate. The lice just fell off themselves, and the nits disappeared. It smells strong, but my hair did not have to be cut.
Benzyl benzoate against lice: contraindications and warnings.
The drug is categorically contraindicated in infants, especially premature babies, as it can cause dyspnea syndrome. Due to toxicity, benzyl benzoate is not prescribed for treatment of lice in small children (up to three years old), pregnant women and mothers breastfeeding infants (or during the period of treatment, breastfeeding should be stopped). Modern doctors generally try not to prescribe benzyl benzoate from pediculosis or insist on treatment under medical supervision.
When using the medication alone, you need to be careful, make sure that it does not get on the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose and eyes. If this still happens, you should wash them with plenty of water or 2% solution of soda. If the product gets into the stomach, it must be washed with the same composition or with an aqueous suspension of crushed activated carbon.
All medications such as steam plus, etc. they do not help, they do not kill until the end, and lice reproduce again. But benzyl benzoate in the emulsion (20% for adults and 10% for children), it turns out, is very effective. The instructions describe everything in order, how and what to do, feel free to try.
Maria, St. Petersburg
And, of course, after using ointments or emulsions of benzyl benzoate against head lice, you should wash your hands very carefully, wash and iron all the things that were in contact with.
Storage and dispensing conditions of benzyl benzoate in pharmacies
Ointment and emulsion Benzyl benzoate is dispensed in pharmacies without a prescription. But when using the drug, remember the expiration date (it is indicated on the package), which should not exceed 2 years. After this period, benzyl benzoate can not be used from lice.
The drug should be stored at a temperature of 18-25 degrees in places inaccessible to children.
The daughter had lice. My husband and I also checked at once - thank God, no. They withdrew them with benzyl benzoate, everything went right away. And 5 years at all there was no lice.
Advantages and disadvantages
So, to the obvious advantages of Benzylbenzoate, in addition to its high effectiveness against lice, it can be attributed to its low cost and, as a result, access to low-income segments of the population. Another plus - leave in pharmacies without a doctor's prescription.
But a significant disadvantage is the toxicity of the drug, age-related contraindications, inability to use during pregnancy and lactation.
In addition, Benzyl benzoate acts only against lice and their larvae, but is ineffective against nits.
I think that benzyl benzoate is just a find for many parents whose children bring lice from kindergartens, schools and camps. When the daughter picked up this infection, I was in shock! The doctor advised benzyl benzoate. To be honest, I did not believe that it would help. But I was wrong - after the first treatment the lice of the child disappeared, to which we were terribly happy!
In conclusion, we note that lice do not appear anywhere. They always creep from an infected person to a healthy one. They can be brought, using other people's personal care products, caps, hair clips, etc.
Like other bloodsucking parasites, lice quickly multiply and can not only cause anxiety, but also cause more significant harm to health, if you take lightly to the treatment of pediculosis.
But what to treat this disease and how much to pay for it, it's up to you.
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