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Body Lice (Definition)

Similar to head lice, these tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and ...Read more


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What's the signs of body lice?

What's the signs of body lice?

Extreme itching: Particularly at night, trunk, armpits and groin, are mostly affected, however at times it be asymptomatic ...Read more

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What is the best way to cure body lice?

What is the best way to cure 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

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Can you clarify what body lice really is?

Can you clarify what body lice really is?

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

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What do the bites of body lice look like?

What do the bites of body lice look like?

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

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What do body lice bites normally look like?

What do body lice bites normally look like?

Body Lice: 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

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Describe the features of a body lice problem.?

Describe the features of a body lice problem.?

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

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How common is it for somebody to get body lice?

How common is it for somebody to get body lice?

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

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What is the definition or description of: body lice?

What is the definition or description of: body lice?

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

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Can you catch body lice or crabs in public? Like on bus seats or anything like that??

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

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What are the signs of scabies or body lice?

What are the signs of scabies or body lice?

Bumps and itch: Typically red very itchy bumps, and specifically for scabies burrow like rash that is itchy and most commonly in areas of skin folds. ...Read more

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Body lice burrow in skin, what should I do?

Body lice burrow in skin, what should I do?

Get help: This is a very treatable condition. You need to have the condition confirmed and treated. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to prevent body lice?

What are the best ways to prevent body lice?

Avoid contact: The best prevention is to avoid touching anyone who has them. Those already infested need treatment with one of several topical or oral medications; see a doctor. ...Read more

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Could use your help docs! My brother has body lice in his room?

Could use your help docs! My brother has body lice in his room?

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

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I've been itching lately and I'm scare it might be body lice. There's no bumbs just little dots?

I've been itching lately and I'm scare it might be body lice. There's no bumbs just little dots?

Uncertain: 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

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for body lice?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of different treatments for body lice?

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

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What does a body lice rash look like?

What does a body lice rash look like?

Usually no rash: Body lice are very small bugs. They usually do not cause a rash. They cling to the base of hairs and lay tiny white eggs on the shafts of the hairs. ...Read more

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Can you get body lice from having head lice travel downwards?

Can you get body lice from having head lice travel downwards?

Yes: Can spread to neck area and can rarely self inoculate. Treatment is same topical medications. ...Read more

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What kind of pills or treatment can somebody get for body lice?

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

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How do you get scabies or body lice?

How do you get scabies or body lice?

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

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Can body lice harm my one month old baby?

Can body lice harm my one month old baby?

Possibly: See your pediatrician and get this taken care of asap. These critters carry a variety of infections and can also produce severe itching and rash. Get help. ...Read more

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What is the best home remedy to get rid of head / body lice?

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

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What product can be used to treat scabies and / or body lice on skin?

What product can be used to treat scabies and / or body lice on skin?

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

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Why can't you get HIV from crabs/body lice/headlice, when it involves blood?

Why can't you get HIV from crabs/body lice/headlice, when it involves blood?

Hiv - mammals: It is not a known source of transmission, hiv infects by infecting T cells in humans, a very specific part of the immune system. ...Read more

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Is it true that body lice, fleas, mites, and ticks can transmit rickettsial diseases?

Yup: Ticks...Rocky mountain spotted fever
fleas...Murine typhus
mites....Scrub typhus
lice...Epidemic typhus. ...Read more

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Can bed bugs be transported in body hair sort of like body lice?

Can bed bugs be transported in body hair sort of like body lice?

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

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Is there any way to find out which sexual partner was the first one who contracted body lice and or pubic lice?

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

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What are effective natural remedies for body lice? Will shaving all hair get rid of all lice?

Body lice: 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

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Could infested head lice lead get in your finger nails and lead to body lice please help!?

No - they are: Different species. 3 different species of lice can infect humans):
Body lice = Pediculus humanus humanus Head lice = Peidculus humanus capitis Pubic lice = Pthirus pubis.
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Can you get lice (body lice, head lice, pubic lice) by trying on clothes, hats.... or by using a public toilet room?

Can you get lice (body lice, head lice, pubic lice) by trying on clothes, hats.... or by using a public toilet room?

Germophobia: This is the same question as your others, this time about lice. Like warts, only by intimate contact with another person, not through clothing or contamined environment. Abnormal fear of contagion (germophobia) can be an early sign of serious mental health disability (see "The Aviator", the biopic of Howard Hughes, for a good example). You might benefit from professional counseling about this. ...Read more

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Could lice live inside your body?

No: They would just be another foreign body ingestion, killed by stomach acid. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could lice live inside your body?

No: Lice do not live inside your body or attack your organs. They live on skin/ hair. ...Read more

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What to do if I discovered a lice on my under shirt but my body does not itch?

Best to treat: Hopefully you have discovered the infestation in its very early stages. Since body lice are sometimes difficult to eliminate and are contagious, waiting for signs of itching before initiating treatment may make it harder for you to become louse free. A treatment course for all household members and decontamination of your home should be a serious consideration. ...Read more

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Me and my family has been infested with lice for over 10 years and no body will do any thing about?

Curious question: Head lice are a human only problem, they cannot live on animals and can only survive for a limited time on objects like caps or scarves. Some studies show 95% of lice are resistant to common treatments in some areas. Family cure means all must be treated at the same time along with any human contacts. Objects that may hide lice or eggs should be sanitized. ...Read more

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What part of the body do skin lice bite?

What part of the body do skin lice bite?

Body Lice: 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.
You can catch body lice if you come in direct contact with someone who has lice. You can also get lice from infected clothing, towels, . ...Read more

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Can head lice spread from your head to other hairy regions of your body?

Can head lice spread from your head to other hairy regions of your body?

No: The forelegs of lice are specifically designed for different body hair types. Head lice are only able to cling to head hair. Pubic lice specifically attach to pubic hair, but interestingly, can also attach to eyelashes. ...Read more

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Pediculosis (Definition)

Refers to infestation with lice. Pediculosis can include head lice, body ...Read more