Lice Infestation causes intense itching and can affect almost any area of the skin. Lice are barely visible wingless insects that spread easily from person to person by body contact, shared clothing and other personal items.
Lice found on the head look very much like those found on the body, but they are actually a different species. Lice found in the pubic area have a wider, shorter body shape than the two other species. The rounder shape makes them resemble crabs - the source of the popular name for these parasites. Head lice and pubic lice live directly on the person; body lice are also often found in garments that are in contact with skin. Head lice are spread by personal contact and by shared combs, brushes, hats, and other personal items. The infestation sometimes extends into the eyebrows, eyelashes, and beard.
Head lice are a common scourge of school children of all social strata. Such lice are less common in blacks. Pubic lice, which infest the genital area, are typically spread during sexual relations.
Lice infestation causes severe itching. Intense scratching often breaks the skin, which can lead to bacterial infections. Sometimes the lymph glands in the back of the neck become swollen from a scalp infection. Children may hardly notice head lice or may have only a vague scalp irritation. Itching from body lice is generally most intense on the shoulders, buttocks and abdomen. Pubic lice cause itching around the penis, vagina, and anus.
Female lice lay shiny greyish-white eggs (nits) that can be seen as tiny globules firmly stuck to hairs. Adult body lice and their eggs are found not only on body hairs but also in the seams of clothing worn close to the skin. Pubic lice leave a scattering of minuscule, dark brown specks (louse excrement) on underwear where they come into contact with the genitals and anus. Pubic lice are particularly difficult to find and may appear as tiny bluish spots on the skin. Unlike other lice, the nits appear at the base of hairs, very close to the skin.
Infestation of eyelashes and eyelids is difficult to treat; the parasites usually are removed with tweezers. Plain petroleum jelly may kill or weaken the lice on eyelashes. If sources of infestation (combs, hats, clothing, and bedding) aren't decontaminated by vacuuming, laundering, the lice can live on them and reinfect the person.
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