What Do Lice Bites Look Like?

Lice bites commonly occur near the scalp and can be identified by small red bumps occasionally accompanied by a rash or infection, says Kids Health. Head lice can cause skin to become raw, ooze clear fluid, crust over and potentially become infected, states WebMD. Pubic lice bites appear as bruises. Body lice cause itchy sores, and eggs may be found in clothing.

Lice are tiny insects that can live on humans, according to WebMD. They feed on blood and can multiply. There are three different types of lice that can live on humans. Head lice are commonly found in hair, usually on the back of the neck and behind the ears. They are common on young children, but adults who live with children are at risk as well. Pubic lice, commonly known as crabs, are found in the pubic area, but they may live on facial hair, eyelashes, eyebrows, armpits, chest hair and the scalp. Body lice live in the seams of clothing. They move onto the body when needing to feed. Lice spread through close contact or through shared items.

Treatment of lice should begin as soon as they are discovered, reports WebMD. Head and pubic lice can be killed with over-the-counter medicines or shampoos applied to the skin or scalp. Body lice can be killed by washing clothes in hot water for five minutes or more.