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Symptoms Of Body Lice
Body lice tx: Body can be treated with otc product like nix (permethrin) or rid. Other options are prescription medications like Malathion (kept on affected area for 8 to 12 hours); invermectin (2 pills – may need to repeated in 10 days); lindane (if you have failed other treatments). Wash clothing or linens in hot water. Soak personal items like combs or brushes in hot water for at least 10 minutes. ...Read more
BODY LICE: Body lice are tiny insects that infest humans. They lay their eggs on the seams of clothing. They cause intense itching in those people who have them. They are highly contagious. Cleanliness is most important for those who are afflicted. Washing of clothes and bedding with very hot soapy water is a must. Actually, no medication is necessary if the clothing and underwear are thoroughly washed. ...Read more
Small red bumps: People infected with body lice usually have increased itching and rash under the arms, stomach area and groin. But the rash can occur on any part of the body. The rash is usually made up of small red bumps on a red base. This can look different if you are scratching the bumps or they become infected. The best place to look for body lice is on the clothing. ...Read more
Body lice live in the seams and folds of clothing. They feed on human blood and lay their eggs and deposit waste matter on the skin and clothing.
They can live in clothing for up to 1 month.
Lice die within 5 - 7 days at room temperature if they fall off a person. Lice causes severe itching. Itching is usually worse around the waist, under the arms, and places where clothing is tighter. ...Read more
Infection: Body lice is an infection which is rare at this time. These are larger lice which are visible and can live on clothing. The clothing needs to e discarded and the body treated with a scabicide such as elimite, (permethrin) quell. Applications may need to be repeated and all eggs need to be removed from hair bearing areas. All contacts need to be examined and bedding and furniture need to be examined. ...Read more
Environment differs: Crowded, unsanitary living areas predispose to body lice, although anyone can catch them. Barracks, dormitories, refugee camps & the homeless are typical modern day ways to get infested. Body lice have been around for a very long time and are good survivors. Treatment is effective if you are thorough with prevention. See mayo clinic website http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/body-lice/ds01073. ...Read more
Body lice: Body lice (pediculus humanus corporis) are similar to head lice. These are tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and can spread certain infections. Generally these are found in the homeless or those who are not changing clothes regularly. ...Read more
Body lice: You need to have close or intimate contact to catch but. But they can be on the clothes too. Be carful. ...Read more
Lice: Wash clothing or linens in hot water. Soak personal items like combs or brushes in hot water for at least 10 minutes (or throw them out if this is an option). Vacuum floors, carpets, mattresses, upholstered furniture &your vehicles. Your brother also needs treatment. ...Read more
If these are red itchy dots on the skin, then possibly. Lice eggs appear white and typically are on clothing. Often rash over the hairy body regions. You should have this checked with your primary care doctor to make sure. A magnifying glass may be required to actually see the eggs on clothing and/or lice.
Others: dermatitis, skin irritation, other bugs. ...Read more
Body lice: Three types of lice can infect humans. Head lice live on the scalp and hair, and infect mostly children. Pubic lice, live on the pubic hairs, and are sexually transmitted. Body lice, live in the clothing, and are almost always in homeless people, with poor hygiene, who never bathe or wash their clothing. All the lice bite and cause itching and sores. All lice can be treated by a dermatologist. ...Read more
Yes: Can spread to neck area and can rarely self inoculate. Treatment is same topical medications. ...Read more
Body lice treatment: Body lice mainly live in clothing. Destroy or carefully wash infected clothing in hot water (at least 130 degrees f), then machine dry using a hot cycle. You may need a prescription cream or wash containing permethrin, malathione, or benzyl alcohol. However, hygiene and washing clothes, bedding, and towels are usually enough. Http://health. Nytimes. Com/health/guides/disease/body-lice/overview. Html. ...Read more
Contact: Scabies can be transmitted from person to person through direct contact, or through shared bedding, towels, and clothing of an infested person. Body lice are transmitted in a similar way but are very uncommon except in the homeless population. Unlike scabies which burrow under the skin causing an intense itching and inflammatory rash, lice live on the skin and in the clothes of the infested person. ...Read more
Yes: Yes! But unusual.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not lice.: Possibly to treat itching due to louse bites, but will not kill lice or nits. ...Read more
Vinegar may help: Vinegar has been cited as a natural rx for head lice when applied to dry hair & massaged through it daily for a week. It does loosen the nits (egg casings) which should be combed out to prevent re-infection. Pickling vinegar or apple cider vinegar may work a bit faster than regular & you can always fall back on the otc products if this fails. ...Read more
Permethrin: Permethrin is the most effective treatment for scabies. Applied from the neck down, and left on for up to 12 hours, then removed. Ivermectin is an oral medication that can be taken once to treat scabies. Lindane is effective but may cause neurotoxicity and so is used after other remedies have failed. ...Read more
Transport: Because they are nocturnal it would be more likely that they would be transported in the crevices of your clothing, your luggage, on bedding, second-hand furniture etc. They hide in crevices during the day. At night they are attracted to the carbon dioxide that humans exhale as well the warmth emitted by our bodies. It comes out to feed on our blood. They can go a year without eating so they >. ...Read more
Is there any way to find out which sexual partner was the first one who contracted body lice and or pubic lice?
Not really: You could get a clue from whoever had symptoms first or was potentially exposed to another partner (or a shared bed). But there is no other way and in most cases it isn't possible to know. Most important that a) both get treated and b) both be tested for common STDs, usually gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and HIV. ...Read more
You can usually get rid of body lice by cleaning yourself and any personal belongings that may be contaminated. Wash infested bedding, clothing and towels with hot, soapy water — at least 130 f (54 c) — and dry them at high heat for at least 20 minutes.
Items that can't be washed may be sealed in a plastic bag for two weeks. ...Read more