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Remedy for body lice

Body lice are small insects about the size of a sesame seed and they live in clothing and bedding and crawls on the skin several times every day to feed on blood. They are usually found around the neck, armpits, shoulders, groin and the waist which are the areas that touch the skin.

Body lice are usually common in crowded places and especially in unhygienic living conditions such as shelters, refugee camps and homeless people. Body lice can spread diseases and trigger epidemics. Body lice can cause severe itchiness and make the skin peel and increases the risk to infection. Body lice are similar to head lice but they have different habits. Head lice live in the hair and feed on scalp while body lice can be found in clothes and bedding and usually on the seams of clothing where they lay their eggs or nits. Body lice infestation is usually prevalent in the winter season, people tend to wear several layers of clothing for extended periods and have more contact with the clothing of infested people.

Causes

  • Not taking a bath for several days
  • Reusing dirty clothes
    Body lice

    They are usually found around the neck, armpits, shoulders, groin and the waist which are the areas that touch the skin.

  • Using infected personal belonging and clothes of other people

Treatment

  • Wash all bedding and towels that are already used since body lice can hide and thrive in old towels and bedding that were used by an infected person. Wash them using hot water at least 130 degrees F or 54.4 degrees C and dry these items in dryer that is set on high heat more than 130 degrees F for at least 30 minutes. Avoid mixing the bedding and towels with other materials to prevent spreading the body lice. Wash infected bedding, towels and clothes at least once every week.
  • Take a bath regularly and wear clean clothes to prevent body lice and future problems. Take a shower or bath at least once every day, wash and clean the hair at least once every week and clean all areas of the body using soap and water.
  • With a cup of milk, mix a tablespoon of coconut oil and a teaspoon of camphor. Mix well and massage this mixture all over the body for at least 30 minutes before taking a bath. This procedure eliminates body lice at a rapid rate.
  • Turmeric and neem has antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic properties that can eliminate body lice. Make a paste by grinding turmeric and 10-15 pieces of leaves of fresh neem. Mix them well to become a paste and apply all over the body and let it dry on the skin. Apply this paste at least 2-3 times every week. This method eliminates both the body lice and their eggs and lessens the itchiness of the body.
  • Apply the prescribed over-the-counter pediculicides that contains pyrethrum extracts or permethrin that can be applied to the body to eliminate body lice completely.

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