Body Lice – How To Protect Your Family

Posted on February 11, 2009 @ 2:04 am
by Ferdinand Okeke

Lice can become an individual health issue in one of three ways. The three varieties that have to be dealt with if you or a family member experience a lice infestation are head lice, pubic lice or body lice. Like head lice, a person gets infected by body lice by direct contact with someone else who is carrying the pests. You cannot pick up lice from furniture or carpets as they broadly cannot endure in these environments for more than 48hrs. However, you can get body lice from clothing that was in contact with an infected person as the lice can attach themselves to the fabrics of the cloth of the item of clothing.

Because lice are so tiny, it is feasible to have a small infestation of body lice before you even know it happened. The common sensation most people experience when they think they have lice is that itchiness of being bitten by many small bugs. If you have body lice, the sensation is accurate because lice must draw blood from you to live. This is a pretty sore thought but they are parasites just like mosquitoes.

And in the same way, the itchy feeling you get is not the result of the bite but the toxins that the lice put into your skin when they start to take their meals from you. The worrying thing is that it usually takes anywhere from 2-6 weeks after you are infested with lice for you to start to feel that itch so by that time, you are hosting a lot of bugs.

You can get body lice a number of ways including contact with the clothing of a person who is already hosting lice or direct physical contact with such an individual. There is no moral judgment you can put on someone just because they have lice and pass it to you. The problem can happen to anyone at any social or economic level. But it can be said with sureness that lice can be eradicated easily if you just maintain a thorough regimen of periodic hygiene and bathing. And if you wash your clothing in hot water and with regularity, the chances you will experience this particular problem drop off significantly.

However it does pay to be enlightened about how lice behave when they take up residence on the human skin and on the means to deal with the problem. If you have a child or loved one who is at higher risk of contracting body lice, your well informed cognition on the subject will benefit them hugely.

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