Home > Medical > Head lice How similar are body lice to head lice? Body lice and head lice are genetically very similar but body lice can transmit deadly bacterial diseases while head lice do not. Do you think you have lice when there's nothing there? Psychosomatic or psychogenic itch is the impulse to scratch, gouge or pick at the skin when there is no physical cause for the itch. What are pubic lice? Pubic lice or crabs are yellow-grey insects that live in pubic hair and are commonly spread through sexual contact. Latest in Head lice Itching down there? 8 facts you should know about pubic lice Pubic lice or 'crabs' won't kill you or even make you sick, but they are an itchy nuisance that can be quite difficult to get rid of. What lice really look like Close up images of body lice, hair lice and pubic lice This woman gets paid to pick out head lice Sherine Wenzel has a job that would make most people’s skin crawl. She gets paid to rid people of head lice. Health24 wanted to know more. How to comb out head lice Sometimes combing out head lice is a really good way to get rid of the nits. Here's how to do it. load more Your Head lice Guide What are these tiny wingless insects in your child's hair? Head lice are extremely common in children but can also spread to adults. There are in fact three separate types of lice that can infest the body: head lice, body lice and pubic lice, also known as crabs. Lice feed on blood, cause itchiness and lay eggs firmly in the hair, which can be extremely hard to get rid of. Find out how to identify and treat a lice infestation and prevent them from returning again. What are head lice? Symptoms of head lice Causes of head lice Diagnosing head lice Treating head lice Preventing head lice From our sponsor Get through winter head lice free! Head lice myth busters!