- Can having Lice be serious?
Having Lice can make you quite itchy which leads to scratching and can cause sores and bacterial infections on the skin.
The effect of these parasites on humans depends on the species. Head and body parasite bites can lead to infection, while bird lice cannot survive on humans. They are not transferred to people, but may temporarily bite someone who handles infested birds.
These pests also pose a psychological problem, as their bites cause a tickling sensation and may result in:
- Passing on the infection
- How do I get lice?
Head lice often transfer between children at schools or daycare facilities and spread to other family members. In homes, body lice are spread through direct contact with a person who has these pests or come in contact from infested beds, linen, clothing or towels.
- What do lice look like?
Adult lice are about 2 to 4.2 mm long. These insects can be whitish to gray in color. Lice have hooklike claws at the end of their legs, they are wingless, and have a flattened look. Lice can be very hard to spot with the naked eye due to their size.
Lice can carry a host of disease such as Epidemic typhus, Vagabonds disease, trench fever 7 Louse-borne relapsing fever.