The first symptoms of Body Lice are itching and rashes that are caused by the louse bite. Itching usually intensifies at night, when the body louse migrates to the person for their blood meal. Infestations that persist for long periods of time may lead to thickening of the skin and discoloration of those areas. Body Lice generally tend to prefer feeding where the skin is soft and folded and where clothing is in close contact with the body. Examples of these areas include the waist, groin and upper thighs. Initial bites may appear as small pimple-like lesions. Over time, the rash may progress and develop a rash similar in appearance to German measles. Secondary infections may develop if lesions from persistent scratching.
The following is a comprehensive list of Body Lice symptoms:
- Itching that is more intense at night
- Small pimple-like rash that is similar in appearance to German measles
- Rash present on soft areas of skin where clothing is close to the body: waist, groin, upper thighs
- Thickening of the skin
- Skin discoloration
- Increased pain, reddening, inflammation, and even drainage of fluid from the skin (a sign of serious bacterial infection)