What information about body lice should patients with pediculosis and pthiriasis (lice infestation) receive?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Lyn C C Guenther, MD, FRCPC, FAAD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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In the case of body lice, infested clothing and towels need to be washed in hot water and with a hot dryer; pediculicides are usually not needed. The infested individual should be counseled on proper hygiene, changing clothing at least once a week, and proper laundering of clothing. [10]

For patient education information, see the Parasites and Worms Center, as well as Lice and Crabs.


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