How do body lice affect the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Body lice affect the body by causing your skin to itch. Constantly scratching your skin can cause other complications, such as scratches, infection, or thickening of the skin. Sometimes body lice carry diseases, such as typhus. If you are infested with body lice, speak with your doctor about whether you need to be tested for typhus.

Continue Learning about Lice

what do i need to know about caring for someone with pubic lice ?
Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhDDr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
The best thing to do for someone infested with pubic lice is to make sure they get treated. As long ...
More Answers
what are head lice ?
Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhDDr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Head lice are tiny, wingless, parasitic insects that live on humans, hiding in the scalp hair. They ...
More Answers
why do lice make your scalp itch ?
Discovery HealthDiscovery Health
The itching sensation that develops when you have lice is actually an allergic reaction to their sal...
More Answers
is lice a type of parasitic skin infection ?
Diana MeeksDiana Meeks
Yes, lice is a type of parasitic skin infection. Caused by tiny insects that do not have wings, lice...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.