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- December 7, 2021
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There are three kinds of human lice. Their common names describe their preferred feeding sites: head lice, body lice, and pubic or crab lice. Lice thrive at 82 to 86 degrees F, in favorable humidity, and with a ready food source. They will not leave a host unless they are dislodged or the host's body temperature changes significantly. The types of lice discussed herein, pierce the skin and feed on blood and can cause persistent skin irritation and itching, leading to restlessness and loss of sleep. Lice are not dangerous, nor do they transmit disease. (4 Pages)
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