Lice - body; Pediculosis
Intense itching is the main symptom. It is usually worse at the waistband, in the armpits, at the bra strap, or anywhere clothing is tighter and closer to the body.
Red bumps appear on the skin. They may become crusted or scabbed from scratching.
Areas around the waist or groin may become thickened or discolored when lice have been present for a long time.
Your doctor can usually diagnose this condition by looking at your skin and clothing.
Persons with body lice should also be checked for head and pubic lice.
Diaz JH. Lice (pediculosis). In: Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R, eds. Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone; 2009:chap 293.
Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier;2009: pp 590-594.
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