Skipping Showers Brings Body Louse

Posted on 2013-08-23 06:12:16

These are small insects that infest human beings. Each is about the size of a “dot” and therefore almost impossible to see with the naked eye. This happens when one is not having at least once weekly showering or bathing, and a change of clothes. These lice feed on human blood. Once they infect someone, they leave on the clothes, usually in the seam, and they bite the skin and ingest blood. This causes an intense skin reaction due to the body reacting with chemicals made by the louse, as well as very intense irritating itching. There is also scaring of the skin. Lice have been associated with spreading bacterial infections such as typhus. Body lice can be spread from one person to another. Lice can infect any part of the body, especially those with hair such as the scalp, underarms or genital regions. The simple solution to preventing body lice infestation is bathing and changing into clean clothes daily. Athlete’s Foot This is a fungal infection that occurs between the toes. Fungi are types of germs that grow on wet surfaces. The human immune defense mechanisms work like an army, constantly battling attackers such as viruses and fungi. The human body is surprisingly extremely effective in doing this. When we do not clean our feet adequately, and when they remain wet especially between the toes, we increase risk of fungal infection. The main cause of wetness between the toes is wearing synthetic socks (these are not absorbent as cotton, so when we sweat, the moisture is locked in) and also wearing synthetic, non-leather shoes (these do not “breath” and cause build up of moisture). In these wet circumstances, if we’re then exposed to fungi for example by sharing bathroom slippers with an infected person, or wearing contaminated shoes, we then develop the infection. Infection leads to itching and sores in between the toes. Once infected, treatment is a challenge because it is difficult, often requiring about 6 weeks of consistent treatment with an anti-fungal agent as well as a strict foot cleaning regimen. Athlete’s foot can involve the hands as well, but this is rare. When left untreated, athlete’s foot can spread and become quite severe.