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Diagnosing and Getting Rid of Lice


Lice are diagnosed by looking closely at the affected area, whether it is the head, back of the neck, underarms, or genital area. The different types of lice do not usually affect other parts of the body. For example, head lice do not affect the genital area, and body lice do not affect the head.
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Treating Lice

Treatment will vary based on the type of infestation a person is diagnosed with.
For example, to get rid of head lice you must do two things: kill the live insects on the head, and remove all the nits (head lice eggs) from the hair. This involves three necessary treatment steps:
On the other hand, getting rid of body lice may only require giving the infested person a clean change of clothes and a shower, and by laundering or throwing away all worn clothing, bed linens, and towels.
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