Lice are small wingless insects that live on humans as their hosts. There are different types of lice including head lice, body lice and pubic lice. Their names show the part of the body that they affect. Head lice is mostly spread by sharing head gear such as helmets and is mostly found in children. It has little to do with hygiene. Body lice is mostly to do with hygiene and is found among the poor mostly. Pubic lice can be transmitted through sexual activities such as intercourse. It is important to know the signs and symptoms so that you are able to manage them by getting the appropriate treatment for lice. Some include:
Lice bites cause an allergic reaction. It’s a way in which the body protects itself from foreign substances. The bites cause the same reaction. Therefore, you end up itching and scratching the affected areas. This may lead to red bumps forming on the skin. Unfortunately, the more you scratch, the more irritable the skin becomes. If you have such an infestation, it is advisable to avoid itching. You can either go see a doctor or get over the counter treatment.
2. Crawling feeling
Another sign that you have lice is when you have a constant feeling of something crawling on your body. The crawling feeling is because the lice are moving from one point to another. You may or may not see them. This could be in your hair, your pubic area or the rest of the body. The crawling feeling can be really uncomfortable and it can affect your ability to concentrate on anything. In some people, the crawling feeling increases the amount of itching they are already doing. This causes further harm to your skin and even to your scalp.
3. Finding eggs
When the lice settle into your body, they hatch eggs called nits. They are very small and can be very hard to see. However, finding them on any part of your body, especially your hair, is a sign that you have lice. The eggs are grey when they have just been hatched and turn white when empty. If not cleared away, they can stay in your hair for a long time. Several of them together will make your hair appear whitish. If you see your hair color changing randomly, take time and examine it properly.
4. Finding bugs
Lice are very small. The more they are, the easier it becomes to spot them. In some cases, you may be lucky enough to spot them before they spread so much. They look different depending on the stage of maturity they are in. After hatching, they become nymphs. These appear grayish in color. The last stage of maturity is the adult stage. In this stage, they appear like brown sesame seeds that are crawling on your body, hair and even clothes. If you notice such when combing your hair or even taking a bath, it is time to get treatment.