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Lice

Body lice are very contagious, and are spread by direct contact with another person. After someone is diagnosed with body lice, all of the people they live with or are in close contact with should be treated, even if they lack symptoms. ($29)

What are body lice?

  • Pediculosis humanus corporis louse (insect)
    • Adults are tan or grayish-white, and about the size of a sesame seed
    • Nymphs are smaller and become adults in a week
  • Female mites will attach pinhead sized eggs (nits) to clothing or the base of hairs
  • Lice can live on skin for weeks before symptoms are noticed.

What are the features of Body Lice?

  • Insects are found mainly on the clothing of infested people
  • Can also live on the skin, where bites cause itchy, reddish bumps that are usually found on the neck or torso
  • Highly contagious and a nuisance to many

What should I expect?

  • This treatment is for the prevention of body lice after an exposure
  • The medication used to treat and prevent body lice is the same
  • Our online assessment will help determine if you are a good candidate for treatment 
  • The recommended treatment is a cream (permethrin) that is applied to the entire body, left on for 8-14 hours (usually overnight), and then washed off
  • If you develop symptoms of body lice, you should seek an evaluation in person as soon as possible to confirm the diagnosis
  • Only one application needed
  • Just answer a few questions to get started with your online visit

What happens next?

  • Create an MDAnywhere account. Required on your first visit only and can be completed at any time, even in advance
  • Complete your online visit by answering a few medical interview questions and providing your medical history
  • Once these two steps are complete, a physician will review your entire visit and treatment request
  • Your treatment plan will be shared with you minutes after the physician reviews your request
  • You will be notified if there is any additional information needed
  • Any necessary prescriptions will be sent to your pharmacy
  • A copy of any lab orders will be sent directly to you for added convenience
  • If, at any point, online treatment is not recommended, you will not be charged
  • Rest assured, your private information will be protected, stored securely, and kept confidential

The information displayed on this page is for informational purposes only and is not medical opinion or advice.