If you are an avid reader of our blog, at this point you should be an expert when it comes to identifying the different symptoms that are typical of a head lice infestation; things like red bumps on the surface of the scalp, white, round particles at the base of the hair follicles and extreme itchiness are only some of the symptoms associated with pediculosis. But did you know there are actually three different types of lice that can affect humans? And while they may share some similarities amongst them, there are some differences as well and learning how to actively treat and eradicate each type of lice can make the difference when it comes to keeping your children and yourself safe from these parasites.
The Head Louse is by far the more typical type of lice that can be found amongst humans. These bugs are actually parasites that feed on human blood and invade the human scalp in order to find suitable shelter that will protect them from light and the weather. These bugs are typically between 2 and 3 millimeters in length and can live for up to thirty days on the human scalp. Bugs can live for up to 48 hours off of the head and eggs can live for up to 10 days off of the head. A typical female louse will lay between seven to ten nits per day during her reproductive phase and these will be firmly attached to the base of the hair or on the actual scalp. One of the things to consider with head lice is the fact that these nits are attached to the body with some sort of superglue which is not water soluble. This means that you can wash your scalp as many times as you want with regular water and shampoo but they simply won’t fall off. This is where the help of a product like ClearLice can come in handy; ClearLice is a natural head lice treatment that uses a mixture of natural compounds that mimics the molting process in head lice and nits, getting rid of lice within 1 day.
The Body Louse is generally considered a bit more dangerous than the head louse simply because the body louse is known to carry diseases while the head louse does not carry any diseases. In fact, body lice are infamous for spreading typhus, trench fever and relapsing fever. And even though typhus is not really a concern in these modern times, outbreaks of this disease can still occur in some very specific situations or places where the weather is hot and humid.
When it comes to their appearance, body lice are considerably larger than their head lice relatives, but they look similar. Unlike head lice, body lice start off by invading the clothing of their host or the surfaces that might be in direct contact with their potential victims such as mattresses, pillows or towels. Once the louse had infiltrated the seams in fabric, it will then move on to the body of their victim. One of the easiest ways to identify a possible body lice infestation is by looking in between the seams of articles of clothing and by using a magnifying glass to look for these parasites on the surface of the skin.
Pubic lice (colloquially known as crabs) are an entirely different type of lice that can affect grown adults and teenagers for obvious reasons. Pubic lice tend to look considerably different from their relatives due to the fact that they have three pair of legs on either side of the body. The life span of the pubic louse is typically shorter as they are known to last for 3 weeks while their body and head counterparts typically last up to 30 days. Females also produce less nits per day, however this does not mean that it is usually easier to get rid of them.
Public lice are typically spread through sexual contact once the pubic area between two individuals come into direct contact, and while children can sometimes be affected by pubic lice through clothing, towels or bedding, this is not exactly common.
One of the main symptoms of pubic lice is the intense itch in the pubic area that can become extremely uncomfortable, in fact some people end up having to take anxiety medication or pain killers to deal with the extreme itch that accompanies these bugs. Finally, it is important to remember that condoms do not protect users from pubic lice, however, being responsible when it comes to your sexuality can be one of the best things you can do to protect yourself from crabs and other sexually-transmitted diseases.