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Head Lice Infestation

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  • This is a parasitic infection of the skin that occurs on the scalp.
  • It usually occurs in children who are between 3 and 10 years of age -- girls more often than boys.

  • Intense itching
  • Raw skin and sores on the head from scratching
  • Nits (tiny "willow buds") in hair

  • It is caused by parasitic insects (head louse)
    1. Lice are 3-4 mm long
    2. It is transmitted person-to-person and from objects used by more than one person (e.g., brushes, combs, or hats).

  • From appearance of nits or lice found

  • Poor hygiene
  • Overcrowded living conditions
  • School children and "sleepovers" may pass it to each other.

  • Lindane lotion (Scabies)
  • Permerthrin 1% cream
  • Petrolatum for eye lid involvement
  • Special combs are available for mechanical removal of lice from hair

  • Trench fever, relapsing fever, and typhus are all diseases that may be transmitted by lice.

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