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Lice are tiny insects that live on the human body or clothes, and feed on our blood. There are three different kinds of lice that affect humans: head lice, pubic lice, and body lice.
Head lice and pubic lice will not go away without treatment. Treatment should only be considered if head lice or live nits are found. All medications for head and pubic lice are available over the counter without a prescription from your doctor. This includes both oral medications and medications that you can apply to the surface of your body (topical). Body lice can be gotten rid of by bathing and washing personal items; no medicine is needed.