Skin parasite in humanParasites and Strategy

Many parasites are specifically skin parasites, and there are many varieties that specifically effect humans. Infesting the skin is actually a fairly sensible survival strategy for many parasites. It is less risky to take shelter immediately on an animal skin than it is to try to go through the chemical-ridden and obstacle-filled digestive system of your average large animal. While some parasites will lay eggs that hatch and develop in the digestive systems of their hosts, going right to the outer host body itself is a good deal for adult parasites looking for safety, shelter, and possibly even nourishment. Many skin parasites feed on human blood, and do pretty much everything else in the comfort of human skin.

 Head Lice

Skin parasites are specifically classified as ectoparasites. Many people will have had some unfortunate experiences with them at some point or another. Ectoparasites range from the merely irritating to the potentially lethal, but the annoying ones can still leave a lasting impression. Many people growing up in the United States and elsewhere can probably remember head lice inspections from their school days. Head lice are very common ectoparasites. Head lice depend on humans completely, and they can spend their lives on a person’s head if no one tries to stop them. Not being able to fly, or jump, or even really move at all in most circumstances, there is really nothing else the head lice themselves can do, which is why we tend to find them where they are. Lice that invest the body itself are much more potentially dangerous.

 Skin Parasite Infestation

Infestations of the larger types of skin parasites are fairly easy to recognize. The first thing most people will notice is the terrible, intense itching. Even lice eggs, called nits, tend to be extremely itchy. They can irritate the skin, leading to a rash as the unfortunate recipient of the lice eggs tries unsuccessfully to scratch them off in a fury. Head lice are much more common with children, but really, an infestation of head lice is the sort of thing that can happen to anyone. Head lice can lie in waiting for a good new head to invade for food and shelter, and they can do it for nearly two full days. Using a hairbrush that was previously used by someone with a head lice infestation is all that it takes.

Body lice may spread serious diseases, generally in contrast to head lice, but they are far more rare and preventable. There aren’t all that many body lice infestations in the developed world. Really, as long as you are able to bathe regularly, you shouldn’t have that many problems with body lice. Washing your clothes and bed sheets at least once a week should be enough.

Anyone who has had head lice or body lice need not burn their clothes and sheets, but using hot water and the drier is important. Taking more baths should cure the rest of the infestation, although sometimes, it is time to break out the pesticides. With head lice, some people may prefer the gentler treatment of tea tree oil. A person who knows how to properly work a hair dryer can destroy the eggs, too. Hot air can destroy their colonization efforts, and a wet combing regimen can take out the rest of them. Head lice can hang on to the hair for dear life, but their lives are always short and simple. Treating skin parasites are at least typically easier, cleaner, and less disturbing than the treatment of internal, digestive parasites.

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