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Topical Malathion

What is Topical Malathion?

Malathion can be used to treat head lice. Malathion is also employed for other purposes that are not covered in this guideline for medication.

Side effects of Malathion

See a doctor immediately. If you experience any of the following symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction, difficulty breathing, and swelling of your lips, face, or tongue. Contact your doctor immediately in the event of intense burning, stinging, or irritation to your scalp that does not disappear. A few less serious side effects can include mild stinging or irritation to the scalp. This is not an exhaustive list of probable adverse effects; more may occur. Contact your physician to seek medical advice on the effects. You can report any symptoms to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Take only according to the directions. Inform your doctor if you are taking other medications or have any other medical conditions or allergies.

Before you take this drug

Malathion is not a good choice if you have an allergy to it. It is not recommended to be used by anyone less than six years old. Malathion should not be administered to babies and newborns. If you are nursing or pregnant, see your doctor.

Similar/related drugs

Ivermectin topical, sodium chloride topical, topical application of permethrin, elimite, lindane topical, and acetic acid topical

How to take Topical Malathion?

Follow all instructions on the prescription label and go through all medication guides or instruction sheets. Make certain that you take the medication exactly as directed. Do not consume by mouth. The topical Malathion is to be used only on your scalp. Follow all instructions for use. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor for help. Wash your hands following the application of the medication. Don't wet your scalp or hair before applying malathion. Apply enough lotion to cover your scalp and neck, including the top of your head and around your neck. Rinse off the medicine immediately in the event of severe irritation to the scalp. Apply the cream at a later date and consult your physician when irritation recurs. Avoid using an iron for curling, a hair dryer, or other styling device on hair that has been treated. Be sure to warn children to avoid burning flames, lit cigarettes, and electric sources of heat when their hair is wet. Rinse your hair every 8–12 hours. Rinse your hair thoroughly. Utilize a nit comb to remove lice eggs from hair. Rinse the nit brush often throughout use.

Do not permit a child to take malathion for topical use without assistance from an adult. Clean all hats, clothing, bedding, linens for bed, and towels in hot water. dry with high temperatures. Dry-clean any clothing that isn't washable. Hair brushes, combs, and hair accessories must be rinsed with hot water. Take this medicine again. If you are still seeing lice after 7 or 9 days, The Malathion lotion may be ignitable. Do not apply it near extreme temperatures or an open flame. Don't smoke while using this medication. Beware of a lit cigarette while the hair remains damp from malathion. Keep malathion stored at room temperature, away from high temperatures or open flames. electric sources of heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Malathion can be used as a single dose and does not have an established daily dose schedule. Contact your physician if your symptoms don't improve after taking this medication.

What happens if I overdose?

In the case that anyone has mistakenly swallowed malathion, a topical drug, seek emergency treatment or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

Do not get this medication in your eyes or on other skin, aside from your scalp. Rinse thoroughly with water if you notice this. Contact your physician immediately if you experience extreme itching, itching, or irritation of your eyes or skin after washing. To stop lice from spreading To prevent spreading lice, avoid head-to-head contact with other people until you are sure that your lice infection is gone. Do not share hair brushes, combs, hair accessories, hats, pillows, or scarves. The spread of lice is extremely high.

Interaction with other drugs

The skin-care products you take are unlikely to be influenced by other medicines you take. However, some drugs may interact. Inform your doctor about all the medications you are currently taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal remedies.