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Health Tip: Recognizing Lice Infestation
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(HealthDay News) -- Lice are tiny parasites that feed on blood, then lay eggs and produce waste on skin and clothing.
Lice can live on the skin, the hair on the head, or in pubic hair. They can be easily transmitted from person to person via direct contact, or by sharing contaminated clothing or bedding.
Body lice, in particular, live primarily in clothing, making it crucial to thoroughly wash infested garments.
Here are common symptoms of lice, courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine:
The skin, clothing, groin and scalp should be examined for lice. The parasites can be eliminated with prescription washes or creams.
-- Diana Kohnle
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