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When I use malathion to get rid of my child's head lice, will it sting?

If you use malathion (Ovide) lotion to treat your child's head lice, it may sting. The stinging may be worse if she has open sores on her scalp from scratching. Malathion is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat head lice in children who are at least 6 years old.

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