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Can lice cause sepsis infection?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
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In brief: Not directly

However, if the lice infestation is severe enough that the patient lacerates her head it can lead to skin infection (cellulitis) and this can progress to sepsis, shock, and death.
Lice themselves, however, don't cause sepsis.

In brief: Not directly

However, if the lice infestation is severe enough that the patient lacerates her head it can lead to skin infection (cellulitis) and this can progress to sepsis, shock, and death.
Lice themselves, however, don't cause sepsis.
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology

In brief: Rarely

Very old, very debilitated patients, and people with advanced disease (such as metastatic cancer) that has ravaged their immune system, could conceivably become septic if a bad lice infestation is left untreated long enough.
But for anyone with a relatively intact immune system, such a complication would be extraordinarily unusual.

In brief: Rarely

Very old, very debilitated patients, and people with advanced disease (such as metastatic cancer) that has ravaged their immune system, could conceivably become septic if a bad lice infestation is left untreated long enough.
But for anyone with a relatively intact immune system, such a complication would be extraordinarily unusual.
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