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How body lice can affect your body?

Body Lice

 

Body lice are tiny insects that live on the clothes and bedding of people infected with body lice. Body lice are very similar to head lice but are less common.

The solitary louse is a tiny, wingless, flat insect that eats blood to survive. The spread of body lice causes a condition called pediculosis.

Body lice lay eggs or vinegar in or near the seams of clothing. Both immature jerks are called nymphs, and adult lice move to the skin and eat blood.

Symptoms

 

Body lice bites can cause severe itching, and small blood or crusts may be found on the skin at the bite site.

Seek medical attention if improved hygiene does not resolve the infection or if you develop a skin infection from a bite.

Treatment


Body lice are mainly treated by thoroughly washing yourself and contaminated items with soap and hot water and then using a hot cycle to dry your clothes and bedding in a mechanical dryer. Dry cleaning and ironing of unwashed laundry are also effective.

If these measures don’t work, try using a commercial lotion or shampoo containing 1% permethrin (Nix) or pyrethrin. If that doesn’t work, your doctor can provide you with a prescription lotion. Follow the instructions carefully as lice removal products can be toxic to the human body.

You can usually get rid of body lice by cleaning yourself and potentially contaminated personal items. Rinse infected bedding, clothing, and towels in hot soapy water (at least 130 F (54 C)) and machine dry on high heat for 20 minutes.

Clothes that cannot be washed can be dry cleaned and ironed.

If you can’t wash or dry it, put it in a plastic bag and store it in a warm place for two weeks. Beds, sofas, and other upholstered furniture should be hot ironed or sprayed with lice-killing products to remove the eggs from the seams. Avoid exposure to infected substances for two weeks.

There are three types of lice that live off of humans: head lice, public lice, and body lice. While they are all flat, wingless, parasitic insects, there are some key differences. Read more about it on Everydayhealth.com

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