Fact or Fiction: Skin Parasites

By: Staff

There are three types of skin parasites.

Skin parasites are either external or internal.

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

External parasites tend to jump on and off the skin, but internal ones stick around.

Skin parasites are contagious.

Not all are contagious, but they definitely can be.

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

Not true. In fact, if over-the-counter products don't work on a rash, it's a sign that your problem was probably caused by a skin parasite.

Flea bites are clusters of tiny pink bumps.

Flea bites are dark red, but they're ringed in pink.

Many people and animals are allergic to flea saliva.

Just the bites are enough to cause itching, but if you're allergic to flea saliva, it will also cause a rash.

Fleas can carry E. Coli bacteria.

E. Coli isn't a worry with fleas, but there is a risk of bubonic plague, or the Black Death.

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

Yep, fleas are unaffected by scratching, and it's also impossible to crush or pinch them.

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

Yes, ticks use a feeding tube called a hypostome.

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

A tick could actually be on your body for two days.

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

Both of these options could actually make the tick inject more saliva into your skin. Plucking it off with tweezers is the best way.

Lice eat your blood and other body secretions.

Yes to all of it -- lice consume blood, body secretions and dead skin.

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

Lice vary slightly depending on what body part they prefer: head, body or pubic region.

The three types are indistinguishable to the naked eye.

Head and body lice look alike, but white pubic lice do resemble crabs -- hence the nickname.

Body lice live in clothing.

Yes, body lice live in clothes, and they can be spread through shared clothing or towels.

Head lice lay eggs all over the scalp.

The lice lay eggs and affix them to your hair with saliva.

Pediculosis is the scientific name for lice infestations

Pediculosis it is.

Baby lice are called nits.

Nits are the empty lice egg shells. They're easy to identify in the hair but hard to remove.

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

Body heat and carbon dioxide are what does it -- so maybe you'd be safe sleeping in a freezer?

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

True. Scabies mites will usually pick either the hands or feet for their burrowing entry point.

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