Pediculosis - Body Lice

(body, pubic/crab lice infestation)

Pediculosis is an infestation of lice. Body lice infestations occur primarily on clothing, especially along the seams of inner surfaces and the adjacent area of the skin. Pubic/crab lice (Phthirus pubis) infest hairy parts of the body including the groin, eyebrows, eyelashes, and facial hair. Both body lice and pubic/crab lice feed on human blood and can cause severe local itching.

General information

Pediculosis - body lice fact sheet (PDF,  17 KB) - Hmong (PDF,  20 KB) - Spanish (PDF,  16 KB)

Last Revised: February 2, 2015