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Shaving can be safer head lice treatment than insecticides

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For more information about the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists For more information about the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists or to find a service in your area, call (866) 626-6847 or visit us online at: www.OTISpregnancy.org. Lice, Scabies and Pregnancy This sheet talks about the risks that exposure to lice or scabies can have during pregnancy. With each pregnancy, all women have a 3% to 5% chance of having a baby with a birth defect. This information should not take the place of medical care and advice from your health care provider. What are lice? Lice are parasitic insects that can live on the body or in hair. Head lice are the most common type of lice. Lice hatch out of eggs that are called nits. Nits are usually yellow or white and are about the size of a knot in thread. Adult lice have six legs and are a tan to grayish-white color. Adult lice are about the size of a sesame seed. Lice usually cause itching and rashes. You can get lice by touching someone who has lice, or sharing that person’s clothing, towels, brushes, or other personal items. What is scabies? Scabies is the spread of mites (a type of insect) on the skin. The mites are so small they usually cannot be seen with the naked eye. The mites burrow into the skin and cause itching and rashes. You can get scabies by touching someone who has scabies, but usually you have to be touching for a long time (more than just a quick handshake). You can also get scabies by sharing clothes, towels, or bedding with someone who has scabies. How can I tell if I have lice or scabies? Lice will cause itching and rashes, usually on the scalp. You can sometimes see adult lice crawling through hair or on the scalp. You can also look for the nits (eggs) attached to the hair close to the scalp. Scabies will cause itching all over the body. You may see a rash or rais

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