Body lice are tiny insects the size of a sesame seed. Body lice live in your clothes and bed linens and feed on your blood several times per day. Bite sites are most common around the neck, shoulders, armpits, waist, and groin areas where clothing seams are most likely to touch the skin.
Body lice are common in highly crowded and unsanitary living conditions, such as refugee camps and homeless shelters. They can also be transmitted through contact with an infected person's clothing. Body lice bites can spread certain diseases and cause infestation. A body lice infestation occurs when a specific type of lice infests the body and clothing.
Body lice come in three stages: the egg (also known as a nit), the nymph, and the adult.
If your case of body lice becomes severe, contact a healthcare professional immediately for medical assistance.
The bites of body lice cause itching. At the sites of their bites, you can see small areas of crust and blood. Other symptoms are:
Body lice are like head lice, but they behave differently. Body lice, unlike head lice, usually live in your clothes and bedding and feed on your scalp. They feed on your blood several times a day by travelling to your skin. Body lice lay their eggs most commonly in your clothing seams.
Following are the causes of body lice:
The risk factors for body lice infestation are:
Body lice may transmit diseases such as trench fever and typhus. They also carry bacterial infections.
It is imperative to keep safe from body lice as they are a menace. The preventive measures for body lice are: