Here is one thing about lice that not many people know: there are many types of lice. Each of them has both common lice symptoms and special lice symptoms. Basically, there are lice symptoms for every area of the body that is affected by the tiny, annoying and not so harmless bugs. Fortunately, since the general population has been taught all that they need to know about personal hygiene, head lice has not raised that many problems as it had in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. However, in recent years, another disease involving lice has started to increase its victims' numbers: pubic lice. Surprisingly or not, it was a common condition for streetwalkers back in the Victorian era, but it has been considered destroyed in the past century. Apparently, it still lurks around the corner.
While it is true that there are a whole plethora of lice diseases, only two of them remain relevant in modern days, making lice symptoms easy to categorize. The main criterion is, obviously, the location of the lice. Therefore, most medical textbooks list two types of lice symptoms: head lice symptoms and pubic lice symptoms. Also, here is an interesting fact about these physical manifestations of lice: modern physicians have not really encountered enough lice cases to actually know what they look like. Thus, strictly for diagnostics issues, they use lice pictures. Not many can tell, just by looking at the image that the patient presents, if that is a case of lice or not, which makes them accept any sort of help that they can. As a whole, the lice symptoms are in a particular area of their own. Unfortunately, taken separately, they might not paint the correct picture until it is too late for the patient to not be completely covered in itchy spots.
Since pubic lice is more common nowadays than head lice, here are some lice symptoms and their order of manifestations:
- Itching: now, itching is not a good sign of pretty much anything. When it is manifested in the genital area, it is a warning sign. For what, one might wonder? Well, there are a number of sexually - transmitted conditions that can have itching as a symptom. Basically, everything and anything from Chlamydia to genital herpes has itching somewhere in their manifestations. However, there is something very specific about this type of pubic lice symptom: it appears before there are any other types of signs. Also, it is not accompanied by a reddened area or a swell in any part of the genital organs. Technically, there should be nothing there that causes an itch. Practically, there is. The problem is that the tiny, microscopic lice cannot be seen until they lay eggs. And then, it is already too late to keep the patient from suffering from the entire palette of lice symptoms. Picture that, because of the highly sensitive area that the lice affected, the lice treatment cannot be a brutal and effective one. Most patients are treated with a lice - killing lotion that has some rather unfortunate side - effects, like irritations and hyper - sensitivity. On the other hand, the itching is stopped.
- Visible nits (lice eggs) or crawling lice: if the patient has managed to withstand the itching, he or she cannot ignore the tiny, white, crunchy dots that will appear on their pubic hair. Essentially, what happens is that the lice will lay eggs on the strands of hair. Those eggs are shiny white, hard and crunchy when one tries to break them. Also, they are very sticky, so it is incredibly hard to eliminate them. Technically, they can be killed with several lotions, but the best way to get rid of them is to take them out manually, one by one. That will not be an easy task, since lice eggs tend to be in the hundreds. In recent years, some very effective anti - lice agents have been discovered, some of them actually usable on such sensitive areas, making the manual removal of the lice eggs a thing of the past.
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When talking about head lice, things are not as easy to explain as in the case of pubic lice. The reason is pretty simple: the head lice symptoms get more complicated and more resistant to treatment. For head lice, the main lice symptoms are:
- A feeling of something moving around the patients' scalp: that is, actually, more than just a feeling. When a person gets infected with lice, the little bugs do move around quite a bit. And they are certainly not gentle, nor subtle about it. Therefore, the patient will feel them move. Unfortunately, most people might believe that they are simply imagining this and refuse to actually consider that they might have lice. Of course, that is proven wrong by the next lice symptom.
- Itching: now, just like the itching in the case of pubic lice, this lice symptom is caused by the reaction of the patient to the lice bites. Basically, where the bugs bite, it itches. Consider them small scale mosquitoes. After a while, the itching dies down. However, this is when the problems really begin.
- Sores on the head: this lice symptom is obviously derived from the one above. If the patient keeps scratching and scratching, the result is that he or she will break the skin. Unfortunately, these sores on the head can become infected, since they are open wounds and the lice are rather pathogen once they reach the bloodstream. It is best to not scratch yourself bloody.
- Irritability: of course, this is not exactly an easy thing to spot, but once the physician does see this, the diagnostic becomes clear. Basically, the toxin that the lice inject causes this spike in irritability. Coupled with the other types of symptoms, the lice diagnostic becomes clear.
Once all the symptoms are analyzed and put into a definitive order and the diagnosis is set, the lice treatment can begin. It might take a few weeks and a complete disinfection of your house, clothes and immediate relatives, but the lice problem will disappear. Hopefully, for good.