Metal vs. Plastic Lice Combs

When treating for a lice infestation, it’s important to have the right tools.  With so many lice combs available on the market, it can be difficult to discern which is best.  Some are cheap while others may be more costly.  This is a case of you get what you pay for, but there are some things to know about the differences between metal and plastic lice combs.

Metal combs tend to be more durable and will hold up to the strain of fine combing nits and lice from the hair.  Plastic lice combs may be cheaper, but chances are they will need to be replaced time and time again when the teeth break.  Metal lice combs can be categorized into sub-categories. 

Short-tined metal lice combs work well for short hair while long-tined metal lice combs work best on long hair. They are made from flat metal and will have rectangular teeth or they’ll have cylindrical teeth.  It is fine if the handle of the comb is plastic, the teeth do all of the hard work.  Plastic combs work best to comb out tangles prior to using a metal lice comb to remove lice from the hair.

In 96% of subjects, the Lice Meister [metal] comb removed more eggs than the Lady Jayne [plastic] comb, with an average of three to four times more hatched, dead, and live eggs removed. The Lice Meister comb removed more lice than the Lady Jayne comb in 10 subjects, the same in eight subjects, and less in nine subjects.  Study via http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed

Fortunately, it’s easy to find metal lice combs these days.

Metal head lice combs are getting easier to find these days in drugstores and even the health care isle of supermarkets. While not too long ago you had to look far and wide to find a decent metal comb, manufacturers are finally getting the message that metal combs are by far the best defense against head lice. More at www.livingwithbugs.com

 

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