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Lice in Lashes: Should you be Worried?

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Updated on July 17, 2020

By LiceDoctors Technician Nikki Palmer

After learning of the undeniable obsession head lice have with human hair, one must wonder if the hair in other areas of the body is safe from the invasion of these ruthless insects. Should you be concerned about the well-being of your brows, beard, or lashes? Lets dive in to shed light on the truths concerning this matter.

Lice can typically reside anywhere on the human body that has hair. This includes the body (body lice), pubic area (pubic lice also known as crabs), armpits etc. So, when it comes to the lashes, the answer is yes. Lice can and do inhabit these areas; in fact, the medical term for lice in the eyelashes is phthiriasis palpebrarum.

Although this isn’t a common occurrence, men and women alike should remain cautious as lice are no friends of persons. Some would assume that phthiriasis palpebrarum happens from lice traveling from the head to the lashes. The truth is that lice found in the eyelashes are not head lice; they are actually pubic lice. The main culprit is the subconscious act of rubbing the eye after making contact with the infected area. It can also be contracted by sharing items such as rags, towels, and even clothing with individuals who have been exposed.

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Symptoms of Eyelash Lice

Some symptoms of eyelash lice include:

  • Itching or tingling feeling at root of the eyelash
  • Eye redness
  • Lashes sticking together
  • Lashes that are thicker in appearance or by touch
  • Increased production of tears
  • Black or brown spots at the base of the eyelash

LiceDoctors does not specialize in the removal of pubic lice in the pubic area or facial areas. If you think you’re suffering from these medical conditions, please call a professional for immediate assistance, as it is highly contagious and can spread if left untreated. If you find head lice (found on the head or near the scalp) or lice eggs, LiceDoctors can solve your problem. Fore more information on the Differences Among Head Lice Body Lice and Pubic Lice check out our website or call today for help at 404-618-0472 and an experienced lice professional will make a visit to your home to treat you in absolute privacy.