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Lice Infestation Causes and Symptoms

Jan 20th 2014 at 9:41 PM

Lice infestations are characterized by intense itching caused by an allergic reaction to a toxin in lice saliva. The itching can interfere with sleep and concentration. Repeated bites can lead to generalized skin eruptions or inflammation. Swelling or inflammation of the neck glands are common complications of head lice.

Body lice bites first appear as small red pimples or puncture marks and may cause a generalized skin rash. Intense itching can result in deep scratches around the shoulders, flanks, or neck. If the infestation is not treated, complications may develop, including headache, fever, and skin infection with scarring.

When to Call the Doctor
A doctor may need to distinguish between body lice and scabies (a disease caused by skin mites) and between pubic lice and eczema (a skin condition). A doctor should be consulted if complications develop from a lice infestation or if a child contracts a bacterial infection from scratching the bites.

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