Why Wet Hair Checks and Wet Combing are the Gold Standards for Lice Detection and Removal

Wet hair checks are the ideal way of checking a person for head lice.  This combined with wet hair combing for lice removal ensures that lice don’t have long to live on a particular host. 

Wet hair checks are better at detecting lice than standard visual checks on dry hair.  The efficiency of wet checks depend on the type of comb being used.  A metal comb is best for wet checking hair for lice as well as removing lice from the hair and scalp.  The process takes a little more time, but it is more precise at detecting head lice. 

Wet combing was much better at detecting active head lice infestations, correctly identifying them in 90.5% of children, compared with a 28.6% accuracy rate for visual inspections.  Read more at www.webmd.com

Wet combing is a technique for removing nits (lice eggs), nymphs (young lice), and lice from hair.  This technique does not require harsh over-the-counter treatments and is effective at removing lice.  It is important to have the required combing skills for removing lice from the hair, as this is the most important part of the lice removal process.  However, when the hair is wet it is easier to spot nits, nymphs, and lice in the hair.  Lice have a harder time moving through wet hair, especially when hair contains a non-toxic lice removal treatment.  Though this process can take some time, it is a better solution than using toxic over-the-counter treatments (that don’t work) for lice removal. 

Wet combing involves removing head lice with a special fine-toothed comb. It’s suitable for everyone and is relatively inexpensive.  A number of lice removal combs are available to buy. Combs with flat-faced teeth spaced 0.2-0.3mm apart are best for removing head lice, although combs with smaller gaps can be used to remove eggs and nits (egg cases) after treatment.  Via http://www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx

 

 

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