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Fact or Fiction: Skin Parasites
by Staff
This quiz might make your skin and scalp start to itch -- reading about fleas, ticks, lice and bedbugs tends to have that effect. Take this quiz to learn more about skin parasites.

There are three types of skin parasites.

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  • almost fact: There are two types.

Internal parasites are usually harder to get rid of than external ones.

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  • almost fact: It depends on the specific parasite.

Skin parasites are contagious.

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  • almost fact: Only external parasites are contagious.

Most skin parasite infestations can be taken care of with over-the-counter products.

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  • almost fact: Over-the-counter topical medications generally work, but oral medications aren't as effective.

Flea bites are clusters of tiny pink bumps.

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  • almost fact: The bumps are dark red with a white, ridged outline.

Many people and animals are allergic to flea saliva.

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  • almost fact: Every mammal is allergic to flea saliva.

Fleas can carry E. Coli bacteria.

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  • almost fact: Fleas can carry bubonic plague.

Fleas have hard bodies, which makes them resistant to scratching.

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  • almost fact: Fleas are resistant to scratching because they bury themselves in your skin.

After they bite you, ticks insert a feeding tube into your skin.

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  • almost fact: They make a tiny hole with their pinchers, through which they suck blood.

It usually takes a couple of hours for a tick to be filled with blood.

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  • almost fact: It only takes a few minutes.

The best way to get a tick off your body is to hold a lit match near it.

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  • almost fact: The best way is to rub it with petroleum jelly.

Lice eat your blood and other body secretions.

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  • almost fact: Add dead skin to that list.

There are three types of lice that infest the human body.

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  • almost fact: There's only one type, but they can infest three different parts of the body.

The three types are indistinguishable to the naked eye.

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  • almost fact: Head and body lice look very similar, but pubic lice are different.

Body lice live in clothing.

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  • almost fact: They live in your body hair.

Head lice lay eggs all over the scalp.

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  • almost fact: They actually lay their eggs on your hair.

Pediculosis is the scientific name for lice infestations

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  • almost fact: It's pericutosis.

Baby lice are called nits.

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  • almost fact: Nits is the word for lice eggs.

Bedbugs are drawn to their victims by body heat and oxygen.

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  • almost fact: They are attracted to body heat, but also to exhaled carbon dioxide.

Scabies mites usually enter your body through the hands or feet.

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  • almost fact: They start at the feet and end at the hands.