Body lice are tiny insects that are spread through close contact with other people. Often they live in the seams and folds of clothing. The body louse feeds on human blood and lays its 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 and closer to the body. You may have red bumps on your skin. The bumps may scab or become crusty after scratching. Skin around the waist or groin may become thickened or change color if you have been infected with lice in that area for a long time.
To get rid of lice, destroy infected clothing or carefully wash items in hot water (at least 130 degrees F), then machine dry using a hot cycle. Bathing and washing clothes, bedding, and towels are most important steps in treating lice. Doing these things usually gets rid of the problem. However, if the problem persists, your living quarters made need to be treated, so give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.
Your doctor may also prescribe a cream that you put on your skin or a wash that contains permethrin, malathione, or benzyl alcohol.