What are lice?

Lice are tiny insects that can infest the skin anywhere on the body. Lice infection is characterized by intense itching.

Lice are highly contagious, spreading from person to person by close body contact, shared clothes, and other items (such as hats, hairbrushes, and combs). There are three types of human lice:

Facts about lice

Head lice:

Body lice:

Pubic lice

How are lice diagnosed?

The eggs laid by lice are usually visible to the naked eye, making it easy for your child's physician to diagnose. Pubic lice leave small brown spots on the parts of clothing that come into contact with the genitals or anus.

Treatment for lice

Specific treatment for lice will be determined by your child's physician based on:

Lice are treatable. Treatment may include:

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