An electronic lice comb is a comb used to kill head lice. Unlike a regular comb, electronic combs for lice work by sending out small electrical signals. The majority of these combs emit loud, high-pitched noises when they encounter lice on the head. When lice are found, the comb will shoot out an electrical current that should immediately kill the lice in that area of the hair. This process may be repeated until no more lice are found on the head.
One of the primary advantages of using an electronic lice comb is that it may make it easier to kill many lice quickly. Other common methods used for killing lice, such as frequent shampooing with various lice-controlling products, can take a long time to work. Sometimes it is necessary to shampoo hair three to four times in a row before head lice begin to die. An electronic lice comb will normally kill the majority of lice it comes in contact with immediately. These combs could make the process of lice removal much less stressful and time-consuming.
The electronic lice comb typically works well, but it does have some drawbacks. Electronic combs for lice often have to be used again within four to seven days after the initial use because of the lice eggs, which are also called nits, found in the hair. The electrical current these combs emit is not normally capable of killing the nits, so it may be necessary to wait until the nits have hatched before the comb can be used on them. People who use the electronic lice comb should probably go through the hair and pick out all the visible nits after using the comb the first time because this should result in less new lice to kill the second time the comb is used.
Stores that carry lice removal products may also carry the electronic lice comb. These combs are considered effective by many people who use them, but they also tend to be slightly more expensive than other products used for lice. People who purchase the lice combs may need to use them on every member of the household rather than just on the individual who has been diagnosed with head lice. In most cases, when one member of the household has lice, the rest of the household ends up getting them as well. Even with the use of an electronic lice comb, it might still take a few weeks before all lice and their eggs have been completely eliminated from household members and their immediate living environments.