About 612 million people, mainly children, are treated annually for head lice in the United States alone. In the UK, it is estimated that two thirds of children will experience at least one case of head lice before leaving primary school. High levels of infestations have also been reported from all over the world, including Australia, Denmark, France, Ireland, Israel, and Sweden. So what are headlice? How can they spread?
Head lice spend their entire lives on the human scalp, living for as long a 30 days from the time of hatching. Whilst the scalp provides an ideal climate for them to feed and reproduce, they are actually able to live away from a host for up to 48 hours, dwelling in soft furnishings such as pillow cases, or other items like hairbrushes and coats! This may not seem like a long time to us, but if you imagine how many times you come into contact with a particular area or family member in the space of 48 hours it quickly becomes apparent how rapidly an infestation can sweep throughout an entire household if left untreated.
Lice can be very unpleasant. The species of lice that infest humans are not known to carry any harmful diseases (thankfully!), however they can still cause itchiness and irritation of the scalp area. If the host scratches excessively they could inadvertently damage the surface of the scalp which, in turn, could lead to an infection.
Current treatments and products –
The majority of non-chemical products are combs. These combs primarily feature plastic teeth. Combs are designed to create friction against hair and subsequently trap lice and their eggs between the teeth, removing them from the scalp as the comb passes through the hair. You cannot argue with the logic, but evidence suggests that plastic is ineffective for this purpose. Plastic is liable to bend and distort when pressure is applied, in which case the eggs can simply pass through the teeth relatively unscathed.
Benefits of a Shanty’s comb –
Shantys range of head lice combs, including the M1, M2 and M3, utilise stainless steel teeth. Much more robust and durable than their plastic counterparts, the stainless steel comb also has extra fine spacing to provide greater torque and ensure that those stubborn lice and eggs will not squeeze through.
Further benefits of the Shantys comb include:
– round tipped teeth make it safe and comfortable for use on children
– less likely to break (stronger teeth means more use!)
– easy to use
– effortlessly and comfortably glides through most hair types
Head lice infestations can spread like wildfire; when it comes to efficiency, how can there be any comparison?
For more information on the Nitcomb products and purchasing options please see the following section – Head Lice Products