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Improving your experience of head lice


See our mistaken advice page

Advice on head lice with  

Help when coping with an infestation

Vital knowledge about the life-cycle


Breaking the life-cycle

Preventing head lice from spreading: it is critical to remove the lice before the sixth day from hatching

Preventing head lice from reproducing: a new generation of eggs can be laid from day seven after hatching


Many products rely on killing lice as they hatch because it is difficult to kill live eggs with chemicals, and hard to ensure the removal of all eggs by combing

 With a double dose treatment, applied on day 1 and a week later (day 8) the three risks are that:

  1. Lice hatch from eggs directly after the first application and reach adulthood before the second application, so they can spread and lay eggs.

      2.  Lice may continue to hatch till day 11 even after a second application on day 7/8  


     3.   New full-grown lice, caught from other infested heads between    

            applications will lay more eggs.

If you get your treatment product from a pharmacy, ask the pharmacist to go through the instructions with you.

If you buy off-the-shelf, read the information on the pack to find out how many applications per infested head are required.

Remember that whatever the product, you always have to check for lice on days 5,9 and 12/13 and remove them to avoid the three risks of continuing infestation.

Metal nit combs are not recommended for louse detection and removal.

You can cover all three risks with a Bug Buster Kit alone. Use the specially designed combs according to the step-by-step instructions for detection, cure and nit removal. This saves the expense of the treatment product and the time required to shampoo the treatment applications from the head. A single Bug Buster Kit is re-usable by a whole family for years. To buy one online visit our shop

Parents seeking prescription treatment for their children, may choose a Bug Buster Kit, which is a registered medical device, available on NHS prescription. If you prefer another prescribable treatment, request a Bug Buster Kit as well, to check the treatment has worked.

Inform yourself what a treatment entails before you choose one

Use products responsibly


Any other enquiries please ring our one-to-one Help line on 01908 561928


Last updated April 2011


           Advice on head lice with     

Co-ordinating bug busting days across the country

can help to prevent head lice circulating.

NHS Choices advice on the Prevention of head lice:


                      and on the Diagnosis of head lice:                         http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Head-lice/Pages/Diagnosis.aspx

Metal nit combs are not recommended for louse detection and removal.

Bug Busting for schools



Independent study proves that wet combing with the Bug Buster® comb  greatly surpasses dry combing, 2007

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