If you have lice, you have probably noticed that itching is the most common symptom. Lice are tiny, six legged insects that may appear on the scalp (head lice), pubic region (pubic lice or crabs) or on the clothes (body lice). However, they may be found on other areas of the body as well such as the facial hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, chest hair, etc.
First Learn How to Prevent Spreading LiceOne of the first things you should do after noticing that you have lice is to check family members or others living in your household for lice. Avoid close physical contact with other people and do not share personal items like hair brushes, combs, clothes, hats, etc. A healthcare professional may provide additional information about preventing the spread of lice, but since you probably won't make it to the doctor the very same day you notice lice, understanding the basics of preventing their spread is important.
How Did You Get Lice?The healthcare professional will probably ask you about how you may have gotten lice. Try to remember, as this may be important in determining if you have head lice, pubic lice or body lice. Of course, the location of the lice is a big give away, but most doctors like to be thorough.
Form Some QuestionsYou probably have a few questions about lice. You may not even fully understand how you got lice in the first place. Write your questions down so you don't forget to ask a question you want to healthcare professional to answer. Some common questions include:
• How did I get lice?
• Are there any treatments for lice?
• Are there alternatives to your recommended treatment?
• Should I avoid certain activities to avoid spreading lice to others?
• Are there any home remedies that may relieve the itching?
• What exactly are lice?