Head lice are a common problem, which can affect the whole community, adults and children alike. It is most common amongst children, and it is important to detect and treat as promptly as possible.
The only effective way to detect head lice is to carry out wet combing, and ideally this should be done weekly – if you need a comb, please ask your local pharmacist for advice on purchasing a suitable one.
How to wet comb:
- Wash the hair and apply conditioner
- Comb through with a wide toothed comb to remove tangles
- Taking a section at a time, pull the detection comb through the hair. Make sure the teeth of the comb slot into the hair at the roots and draw down to the ends of the hair with every stroke
- Check the comb for lice after each section. Do not confuse lice or their eggs with dandruff
- Check all family members at the same time
- Treat all infected family members (those in whom live lice are found)
- Repeat the process after completion of treatment to ensure that it has been effective
Remember that to be effective wet combing should be done weekly!
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A leaflet published by Health Scotland is available at: