Introduction to Lindane
Lindane is basically an organochlorine chemical of hexachlorocyclohexane that has been used for more than 50 years, both as an agronomic insecticide and as a medication for lice and scabies. However, its usage as a pharmaceutical treatment for scabies was under question, which finally reached a conclusion.
Lindane – The controversy
What if we say that Lindane was once the first choice as a cure to treat scabies and now it has been banned in most of the nations? Wondering…but true!
Mostly, Lindane has been used for curing skin problems caused by lice and the scabies mites. Unfortunately, in 2006, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) banned the use of Lindane in agriculture. It was proved that every ton of Lindane manufactured produced about 9 tons of toxic waste which was threatening for the environment and food chain. But, at that time, it was still being used without any bearing on its pharmaceutical usage.
Recently, the World Health Organization banned the use of Lindane as a medication as it leads to cancer. Not only this, it was also said that Lindane is purely an insecticide that is somewhere responsible for the increased rates of cancer. Above all, Lindane is now banned by both the U.S. and EU.
Lindane and its Human Threats
Besides the fact that Lindane is harmful for human health and can cause life-taking diseases like cancer, it is still being used by some pharmaceutical agents in nations other than US and EU to treat contagious skin infestations like lice and scabies Moreover, some scientific research and studies also proves that Lindane can also cause kidney and liver damage.
If you are suffering from scabies or any other skin infestation and are relying on Lindane to cure it, here are some problems you can face.
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- Lindane stimulates dizziness. Therefore, if you are in a practice of activities like driving, operating machinery, or do something related, you are surely putting yourself at risk.
- If, even by mistake Lindane lotion gets in your eyes, nose, or mouth, you can be affected by burning sensation. If it happens ever, rinse eyes with water immediately and consult your doctor.
- In case you have open injuries, sores, or cuts and you apply a Lindane lotion over them, you can raise your problem. It is better to follow health care instructions properly. Make sure you use lindane lotion in the appropriate amount as it can be poisonous if overused.
- If you are using lindane lotion inappropriately or in a limit that exceeds what actually has been prescribed or even using it for longer period without consulting your doctor, you might get into big problem.
- Remember, Lindane can be used to treat the current scabies infestation only and does not prevent future or re-infestation. Once treated, you can still get the infestation.
- Use of Lindane for the elderly is even more risky as they are more sensitive to its effects. Therefore, avoid its use over elderly people.
- Just like the elderly, attention is required when using Lindane with children too. Anyone can contract scabies, even to the infants or children. So, if your child is suffering from scabies infection, Lindane solution is not safe for them.
- In case of pregnancy or breast feeding, use of Lindane becomes more dangerous as it is dangerous to the foetus.
Do NOT use Lindane lotion if:
If still there is some urgency that you have no other option left rather than using Lindane to treat scabies, avoid using it FOR SURE if:
You are allergic to any element present in Lindane lotion.
You have a history of certain skin conditions in which the skin is irritated or damaged (e.g. psoriasis) or if you have crusted (Norwegian) scabies
You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
You have used Lindane lotion in the last few months
You are treating a premature infant.
In case of any of the above conditions applicable on you, contact your doctor or health care provider before using Lindane Lotion. Also, this may not be a complete list of all the interactions that may happen. Consult your healthcare specialist if Lindane lotion may interact with other medicines that you’re already taking.
Make sure to take expert advice before you start, stop, or change the dose of Lindane medicine.