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What do body lice look like?

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An adult body louse is tan to grey-white in color, with six legs and a body size that is comparable to a sesame seed, according to the Centers for Disease Control. A nymph louse that hatches from a female egg has similar features but is smaller in size.

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Body lice are larger in size than other types of lice and can be detected on the skin with the naked eye or a magnifying glass, explains Healthline. Individuals with body lice infestations may also notice lice eggs, also referred to as nits, along clothing seams. Symptoms of a body lice infestation include severe itching, inflamed skin bumps and dark, thick skin in the waist and groin areas.

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