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What are the Different Types of Human Lice?

Believe it or not, there are thousands of species of lice. Nearly 5,000 have been identified, but only three affect humans: body lice, pubic lice and head lice. All three live externally on human hosts, and without one, they’ll only live for a day or two. Of these, body lice are most concerning because they can transmit disease to humans. Fortunately, pubic lice and head lice do not have any serious complications. 

Let’s learn more about the three types of lice that can affect humans and what you need to know about each of them. 

Body Lice 

Body lice are parasitic insects that live on clothing and bedding. They frequently lay their eggs on or near seams of clothing so they can easily move to the skin to feed. While body lice live all over the world, they are most commonly found in crowded, unhygienic areas such as homeless shelters and refugee camps. 

As with other lice infestations, body lice can cause intense itching that can lead to sores on the body. They can also transmit diseases to humans such as epidemic typhus, trench fever and relapsing fever. A body lice infestation is treated with improved hygiene, including a regular showering schedule and clean clothes. 

Pubic Lice 

Pubic lice are also small parasitic insects that live in the gential areas of humans, as well as some other body parts that have hair, though not the head. They are most often spread through sexual contact and are most common among men and women in their 20s. Thankfully, pubic lice are usually pretty easy to get rid of. Over-the-counter and prescription medications are available. 

Head Lice 

Probably most common are head lice – tiny insects that feed on blood from the human scalp. These parasites are not a sign of poor personal hygiene. They can affect people of all races and socioeconomic statuses. Head lice are most common in children because they have close contact in school, daycare, sports and playdates. 

Thankfully, head lice are not hazardous to human health. They are a bit tricky to get rid of, however. And with the emergence of super lice, traditional over-the-counter products may no longer work. The good news is that companies like My Hair Helpers are making lice treatments for kids that contain safe, all-natural ingredients. You can even use our products on newborns! 

Treat Head Lice with Safe, NonToxic Products 

Hopefully this has helped you understand the various types of lice that can happen to humans. Body lice are quite rare here in the United States, and pubic lice generally happen through sexual contact. The ones to worry about are head lice, but even these tiny parasites are 100% treatable. 

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FAQ's

WHAT ARE HEAD LICE?

Head lice are tiny six-legged insects that are blood-sucking parasites. They live on the scalp of humans. Head lice are the little and wingless insects with a size of sesame seeds that make their home on the human head and spread diseases by sucking the blood from the scalp. Infections and diseases caused by head lice are generally faced by on-going school students and their family members as the head of students come in contact with the head of other students. Contact My Hair Helpers to guaranteed head lice removal services. We are professional head lice removal experts known for our best service and customer support.

WHERE DO HEAD LICE COME FROM?

The evidence for head lice goes back many centuries. Lice was named as the third plague in the Old Testament of the Bible. The shell casings for lice have been found on Egyptian mummies. Live Lice on the head and their eggs can be killed by opting for different lice treatments that are available in different forms such as lotions, shampoos, and creams and these can be used at home without any hassle. It is necessary for the women who are pregnant or breastfeed their babies to take suggestions from a renowned doctor about the risk-free products.

HOW DO WE GET LICE?

In the majority of cases, head lice is passed with head to head contact. A smaller number of cases are passed through brushes and combs and sharing hats. Lice don’t like to leave their food supply unless a warm head is waiting for them.

DOES GETTING HEAD LICE MEAN I’M DIRTY?

Head lice actually prefer clean hair! It’s more difficult for them to lay eggs on greasy or dirty hair.