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Lice on Body (Body Lice)

The lice found on the body (Pediculus humanus corporis) are small wingless insects that live primarily on a person's clothing. They are different from pubic lice and head lice, in that those infestations involve different species.
 
Body lice are contagious. Contact with an infested person's clothing or bedding is the most common way that transmission occurs. They can also be spread through direct skin-to-skin contact with a person who is already infested.
 
Common symptoms of lice on the body include frequent, intense itching. Long-term infestation may lead to thickening and discoloration of the skin around the waist, groin, and upper thighs. Treatment typically involves laundering or throwing away all worn clothing, bed linens, and towels. In certain cases, medications are also prescribed.
 
(Click Body Lice for information on the life cycle of this louse, risk factors for the condition, how a diagnosis is made, and more.)
 

Lice on Body (Body Lice)

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