What Is It/

How Is It Recognized/

Is Massage indicated

Condition Name

What Are They?

How Are They Recognized?

or Contraindicated?

Lice and Mites

Lice and mites are tiny ar-

The mites that cause scabies are

Massage is contraindicated for all

 

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thropods that drink blood.

too small to see, but they leave

three infestations, until the in-

 

 

They are highly contagious

itchy trails where they burrow un-

festation has been completely

 

 

and spread through close

der the skin. They prefer warm,

eradicated. If a massage thera-

 

 

contact with skin or in-

moist places such as the axillae or

pist is exposed to any of these

 

 

fested sheets or clothing.

between fingers.

parasites, every client he or she

 

 

 

Head lice are easy to see, but

subsequently works on will also

 

 

 

they can hide. A more dependable

be exposed even before the

 

 

 

sign is their eggs: nits are small,

therapist shows any symptoms.

 

 

 

white, rice-shaped flecks that

Parasitic infestations are

 

 

 

cling strongly to hair shafts.

something every massage ther-

 

 

 

Pubic lice look like tiny white

apist fears. Therapists are so

 

 

 

crabs.

very vulnerable to whatever is

 

 

 

All three of these parasites cre-

crawling around on clients'

 

 

 

ate a lot of itching.

skin. But here, as for all things

 

 

 

 

fearful, the best defense is

 

 

 

 

information.

 

 

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