What is it?

Lice also known as pediculosis is an itchy skin disorder caused by lice, which are tiny insects that feed on blood.

What are the symptoms?

The characteristics of a body louse bite include:

  • A tiny red dot initially appears.
  • The red dot rises into a small cyst-like lump or papule.
  • The area becomes inflamed.
  • The bite causes irritation and severe itching.
  • Secondary infection can result from continuous scratching.

What to expect?

Most of the time lice can be managed through self-care measures. You can try the following:

  • Shower regularly. Increasing personal hygiene often results in getting rid of lice.
  • Change and wash your clothes regularly.
  • Vacuum your mattress and change your linens regularly.
  • You can also try using over-the-counter medications that can kill the lice.

Seek consult if your symptoms worsen or secondary infection has occured on scratched areas of your body.

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