Lice are a type of tiny parasitic insect that lives on the human body and feeds on blood. Lice can infest different areas of the body including the scalp and pubic region. If lice are not properly treated the infestation can spread and become a recurrent problem.
WHO IS AT RISK?
Lice are frequently associated with uncleanliness, however even individuals with good personal hygiene can become infested with lice. Lice are spread by contact with lice or lice eggs. Most commonly this occurs through close contact of body parts or personal items. Lice can also be spread through contact with furniture or bedding that has become infested. In the case of pubic lice, commonly known as “crabs”, lice are transmitted through sexual contact.
The most common symptom of lice is intense itching. There also may be small red bumps around the affected area. Lice are visible to the naked eye and appear like tiny insects. Lice eggs are also visible and may have the appearance of dandruff in the hair.
DIAGNOSIS AND LICE TREATMENT
Lice are generally diagnosed by history and examination of the affected area. Lice can be treated with special shampoo or cream that is formulated to kill the adult lice and their eggs.
HOW PLUSHCARE WORKS
At PlushCare all of our visits are through a simple and convenient phone or video consultation. Our doctors are able to help diagnose lice and recommend a treatment course. If appropriate, we can provide a prescription for medications to treat lice. If the doctor prescribes a medication, the prescription will be sent electronically to the pharmacy of your choice for immediate pick-up.