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Difference between head lice, body lice and pubic lice


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As the human population grows, so too the infestations of parasitic bugs that thrive on the human body. In fact, contrary to what some believe, head lice, body louse and pubic crab infestations are not exchanged by other mammals but are species specific to humans, and humans only.

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Difference between head lice, body lice and pubic lice

  1. 1. Difference BetweenHead Lice, Body Lice and Pubic Lice
  2. 2. Head Lice
  3. 3. Head Lice• Head lice or Pediculus humanus capitis,• lives only on the scalp and lays its nits (eggs) on the hair of the head,• they are small, flat wingless insects similar to fleas though their bodies are lighter in color• they do not fly or jump but crawl very quickly,• they cannot survive away from the human host for more than a few hours
  4. 4. Body Lice
  5. 5. Body Lice• Body Lice or Pediculius humanus corporis, is believed to be a sub species of head lice,• they look very similar but target different parts of the body,• the habits of body lice are different in that they live and lay their eggs in bedding and/or clothing and only come out to feed.• Symptoms of body lice infestation include: Severe itching in the area of infestation, Small, red and swollen bumps or welts, Tenderness felt, most often found around the base of the neck or torso where the body lice may be feeding
  6. 6. Pubic Lice
  7. 7. Pubic Crab Lice• Pubic crab lice or Pithirus pubis are really difficult to see since they are very tiny,• rounded body with crab like leg parasites that attach themselves mostly to the pubic hair of the human body• In rare cases they can be found in a mustache or in armpit hair.• Crab Lice spread mostly through sexual intimacy and some times through the sharing of personal hygiene items such as a hair brush, towels or even clothing.
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