Infections

Expert reports about Infections


INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE LICE OR SCRABIES WHILE PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What are lice and scabies?

Lice and scabies are both dermatological conditions resulting from invertebrate animals living as parasites and laying eggs on your body. Lice are a type of wingless insects, whereas scabies is caused by mites, which are arachnids, like ticks and spiders. The most common type of lice that infest humans are head lice, which live in the hair and nourish themselves through tiny blood vessels of the scalp. These are very common but more of a nuisance than a health threat. In contrast, body lice are less common in developed countries but can carry serious disease. A third type of lice are called public lice, which live in hair that’s on the body, but not on the scalp. Head lice make the scalp severely itchy, while the mites of scabies produce an itchy rash of the skin. In many cases, scabies can lead to a bacterial infection, which can affect the kidneys or heart


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