Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You can usually get rid of body lice by cleaning yourself and any personal belongings that may be contaminated. Wash infested bedding, clothing and towels with hot, soapy water — at least 130 F (54 C) — and machine dry them on high heat for at least 20 minutes.

Items that can't be washed may be sealed in a plastic bag for two weeks.

Dec. 15, 2012