Clinical Review

Information for patients: removal of lice and eggs by combing

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 05 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1258
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz, freelance medical journalist (
  1. BestTreatments, BMJ Publishing Group, London WC1H 9JR

    Little research has been done into whether combing helps to get rid of head lice, so it's difficult to say whether it works. Success seems to depend on how committed you are to carrying out this treatment.

    What is it?

    Combing wet hair with a special comb is called “bug busting” or “wet combing.” You use …

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