Types of human skin parasites

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Skin parasites attack people by burrowing into the skin, where they'll live and/or lay eggs. Skin parasites can frustrate people, because they cause itch and cause soreness, inflammation and redness. Sometimes skin parasites carry disease, causing people to become ill. Often, people don't realise their itch is caused by a skin parasite, but this doesn't have to be the case. To recognise their presence, people should educate themselves on the telltale signs of skin parasites.

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Ticks

Ticks are parasites that suck blood from their victims. Often, humans are bitten and don't realise it. When that happens, an infection is likely. With an infection, a fever may develop and diseases may also present themselves. If people spend time outside in the countryside or in the woods, it's recommended that they have someone inspect their clothes and hair for ticks. When a tick attaches itself to the skin, it won't let go. To properly remove a tick, you must grab hold of its head and legs under the victim's skin. Once you remove the tick, be sure to wash the area well with soap and water.

Scabies

Scabies are also called itch mites. Just as the name suggests, they cause extreme itching. Female scabies will burrow into the top layer of skin to lay eggs. When this happens, the skin will have a raised line with a pimple-like bump at one end. People often don't realise they have been infested with scabies and will scratch their skin a lot in frustration. To remove scabie there are topical creams to apply to the area, such as Tea Tree Oil. It may take several applications to get rid of scabies.

Ringworm

Ringworm is also called Tinea. Ringworm is a fungi (not worms) that can attack someone's head, inner thighs, feet and nails. The term "ring" in ringworm comes from its appearance. When someone has ringworm, he will notice a red ring on his skin. This red ring is very contagious. It can spread by direct contact, cloth and combs. There are two ways to remove these parasites. The first is tea tree oil diluted with water. Apply this to the affected area several times during the day for several weeks. The second is mixing bleach and water and applying it to the affected area several times a day for several weeks.

Fleas

Fleas, despite preferring to infest animals like dogs, do feed on humans as well. Pet owners often fall victim to fleas. Fleas can jump from one area to another easily. In fact, these tiny insects can leap long distances. When a flea lands on a person, it stings, causing an itch. If the itch becomes irritated, as it often does, an infection is likely to develop. Fleas carry diseases that can threaten the health of a person. According to allaboutparasites.com, fleas can carry diseases such as plague and typhus.

Lice

There are different kinds of lice that attack human skin. Head lice are the most common, and kids often fall victim to them. Another type of lice attacking humans is body lice. Body lice are less common. Body lice can be found on clothes and homeless people. Another type of lice found on people is crab lice. Crab lice are also called pubic lice. They can be found in the pubic area, the armpit and even beards and moustaches. Often times, crab lice are passed during sexual contact.

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