Wet combing treatment (often called 'bug-busting') is a way of removing head lice from the head without using anti-lice lotions or sprays to kill them.
You need a special 'detection comb'. (The teeth of normal combs are too far apart.) Some pharmacies stock the combs which you can buy, and you can also get them on prescription. You can also get them by mail order in a special kit with instructions from Community Hygiene Concern (details at end of leaflet). Only one kit is needed for a family. It is washable and reusable.
It takes up to an hour to do a wet combing session properly. And then you need to do the same at least four times, every four days. The number of sessions required depends on the last time you see lice.
All people in the same home, and other close 'head-to-head' contacts of the previous 4-6 weeks should be contacted. Tell them to look for lice and treat if necessary. (It used to be advised to treat all close contacts even if they had no symptoms. This has changed to just treating people who have head lice.) All people with head lice in the same home should be treated at the same time. This stops lice being passed around again.
You can get further details of wet combing treatment from: Community Hygiene Concern Tel: 01908 561928 Web: www.nits.net