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Dr. Michael Fisher
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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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Body Lice (Definition)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Carla L. King
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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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Dr. Charlene Sojico
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Dr. Keith Ramsey
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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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Dr. Nadia Ghattas
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Can you catch body lice or crabs in public? Like on bus seats or anything like that??

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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Dr. Jerome Litt
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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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Dr. Carla Enriquez
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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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Dr. Peter Lio
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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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Dr. Morris Westfried
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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, 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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Pediculosis (Definition)

Pediculosis is a condition in which a person has lice, a blood-feeding insect, on his or her body. Lice may be present in the head, body, or pubic area, and can be spread by contact between people. Itching ...Read more


Lice (Definition)

Lice are small insects which may live on a person's scalp, lay eggs on his hair, and ...Read more


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