louse bite

louse bite

a minute puncture wound produced by a louse. The louse may transmit typhus, trench fever, and relapsing fever. Secondary infection may result from scratching the affected area. Head and body lice are the most common and are frequently found among schoolchildren. Washing and bathing, application of an approved insecticide, and the washing or cleaning of clothes and bed linens are recommended procedures for treatment and prophylaxis against spread of the infestation. See also pediculosis.
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No patients remembered a flea or louse bite, but they frequently reported seeing rats in the area.
The only symptom you're going to notice if your daughter gets lice is itching, caused by an inflammatory reaction to the saliva deposited when a louse bites.
Some asymptomatic carriers endure as many as 100,000 louse bites before they start itching, a process that can take three to eight months.