Head lice treatments guide

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  • Updated:21 Aug 2007

06.Safety tips

How to reduce risks

Whether it’s registered or listed with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), no insecticide or herbal product is completely safe. The following tips will help reduce any risk:

  • Herbal treatments as well as insecticides can be toxic if swallowed, so treat them as you would any medical or chemical product and keep them out of reach of children.
  • All products can cause skin irritation, especially if the skin is sensitive or broken. They can also cause eye irritation, so use a visor or cover the eyes with a cloth or towel. Use them in a well-ventilated area and apply with gloves.
  • Any product containing alcohol/ethanol or that’s packaged as an aerosol is highly flammable so don’t use it near a naked flame.

Report adverse reactions

If you have an adverse reaction to any type of TGA-registered or listed product, report it to your pharmacist or GP or call the Adverse Medicines Events Line on 1300 134 237 — the information will be sent to the Adverse Drugs Reaction Committee in the TGA.


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