Parasitic Infections, such as Scabies and Head Lice, are easily spread by coming in contact with an infected individual. While these conditions are easily spread, they are also easily controllable with the proper treatment measures.
Scabies - This parasitic infection affects an individual’s skin and is caused by a very small species of mite. These mites burrow into a person’s skin to deposit eggs. These burrows resemble thin, pencil-like lines and are a noticeable characteristic of the infection. An itching rash will occur as the body’s reaction to the mite. See below for a close up image of Scabies:
Treatment includes topical medications and should be applied to all family members as well as those who have come in close, physical contact with the infected individual. Washing all articles of clothing, bedding, towels, etc. in hot water as well as deep cleaning your house are also highly recommended when treating Scabies.
Head Lice (Louse - singular) - This parasitic infection is characterized by tiny insects (lice) which affix themselves to a person’s hair and scalp. Easily spread, head lice often infect large groups at a time such as school children or all individuals in one household. Below is a close-up of a male head louse:
A person with head lice will notice itching on the scalp as well as white specs (egg sacs) attached to the hair. Head lice can be difficult to detect and careful examination should be conducted by combing through the hair, down to the scalp, in very small sections. Treatment for head lice includes medicated lotions and shampoos. The key in treating head lice is making sure the nits (eggs) have successfully been removed. If the problem persists, please consult a physician for further treatments.
To learn more about Scabies, Head Lice or other Parasitic Infections, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schlesinger, please contact our office here.