What is body lice?

Body lice (pediculosis), medically referred to as Pediculus humanus corporis, are tiny parasite which can reside on your clothing or other garments.

This article is going to provide information on the following topics pertaining to body lice:

What causes body lice?

Body lice are larger forms of lice that take up residence on the seems of clothing and other garments. Similar to other parasites, they lay their eggs and deposit their waste on the clothing. Thus, you can become infected if you contact either a person that has body clice or brush up against a garment, towel, or bedding that has been infected.

What is the body lice life cycle?

The typical life cycle for body is about 30 days. Like other normal human parasites, they depend upon the blood as their major source of food. So, once they have been separated from the host for five to seven days, they usually die.

What do body lice eggs look like?

The eggs are larger than head lice and generally are about 1mm long, oval in shape with a yellow tobody lice brownish-yellow coloring. The smaller form is also referred to as the nymph. The full grown adult louse is about 2-4 mm long with six legs.  It color ranges from grayish-white, reddish, to cream in color.

What are body lice symptoms?

Body lice are symptomatic by intense itching and scratching on the afflicted parts of the body. The body lice bites appears as small red dots that eventually grow into a wheal (wheal – a cutaneous condition symptomatic by a blow or allergic reaction) like areas that are red and inflamed.

People that have body lice for extended periods of time can experience secondary infections as well as thickening and discoloration of the skin.

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Body Lice Pictures

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