Pediculosis

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Background

  • Caused pediculus humanus
  • Hats/combs may act as fomites

Diagnosis

  • May see live mites or nits (egg sacks) on hair shaft close to scalp
  • May be asymptomatic or pruritic
Lice (electron microscope)

Differential Diagnosis

Domestic U.S. Ectoparasites

See also travel-related skin conditions

Treatment

  • Permethrin 1% lotion[1]
    • Wash hair with non-conditioned shampoo
    • Apply Permethrin for 10 mins and rinse
    • Retreat on day 9

See Also

Source

  1. Devore CD and Schutze G. Head Lice. Pediatrics. 2015; 135(5) e1355-e1365.