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Body lice

Body lice in seam of pants, with close-up of body lice and eggs (nits)

Body lice ("louse" for just one) live and lay eggs (nits) in the seams of clothing. They are only present on the body when they are feeding. Body lice are usually spread through contact with personal items such as clothing and hats.

Current as ofMarch 27, 2018

Author: Healthwise Staff
John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

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