1. Work under a good light, such as
a lamp or the natural
sunlight from sitting by a window or going outdoors.
2. Use a grooming comb or hairbrush to remove
tangles then divide the hair in sections and fasten off the hair that is not
being worked on.
3. Use the LiceMeister® comb to detect
the presence of lice and nits.
4. Using the LiceMeister®
comb, go through the section from the scalp to the end of the
hair. You can dip the comb into a cup of water, use a paper towel,
or use the LiceMeister® comb cleaning device to
remove any lice, nits or debris from the comb between passings.
5. Look through that same section of hair
attached nits (lice eggs) and live lice. Nits are always
oval-shaped. While usually grayish-white they can vary in
color. Viable nits are generally laid close to the scalp but can be found
anywhere on the hair shaft.
6. Remember, all lice-killing products are
pesticides. If you choose to purchase an over-the-counter treatment,
follow the directions carefully and use with caution. Consult your
pharmacist or physician before applying or using lice treatment pesticides when
the person involved is pregnant, nursing, has allergies, asthma, epilepsy,
pre-existing medical conditions, or has lice or nits in the eyebrows or
eyelashes. Never use products that contain lindane. Never use a
pesticide on or near the eyes.
7. Wash bedding and recently worn clothing in
hot water and dry in a hot dryer. Vacuuming is the safest and best way to
remove lice or fallen hairs with attached nits from upholstered furniture, rugs,
stuffed animals and car seats. Avoid lice sprays!
8. Use the LiceMeister®
comb cleaning device to clean between the tynes of the LiceMeister®
comb. The comb should be boiled before use on different
9. Even under the best of conditions, a few lice or
nits may be missed. Use the LiceMeister®
comb to screen the infested person every day and regularly
thereafter. Seeing a nit or two the next day does not necessarily
mean reinfestation. However, be sure to remove them
immediately. Being consistent and diligent about screening and
manual removal will go a long way toward controlling the problem.
10. If additional nits (at least 3-5 per day) are
discovered, this may signal that live lice may be on the head.
Another thorough manual search is recommended at that time.
Remember also that each day is a new day for the risk of a new
infestation. Daily screening is vital for anything that may have
been missed and for identifying a new infestation as early as
The LiceMeister® comb enables
accomplish these important steps at home:
· screen safely
· detect lice and
nits as early as possible
· remove lice and
nits immediately and effectively
· avoid panic
& unnecessary use of chemicals
· keep their
children in school lice and nit free
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