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Pediculosis Capitis



Pediculosis Capitis Causes


Pediculosis Capitis is contracted when one comes into contact with either lice or their eggs which may come from other persons or contaminated items.


Pediculosis Capitis Definition


Pediculosis capitis is a highly communicable “disease” (especially in children) wherein the head of the person suffering therefrom is infested with tiny parasites which live and feed on blood from the scalp, known as head lice.


Pediculosis Capitis Diagnosis


To diagnose head lice, a fine-toothed comb, and a special light called Wood's light may be used.


Pediculosis Capitis Symptoms and Signs


Symptoms include intense itchiness of the scalp, lice on the scalp, and lice eggs on hair shafts, among others.


Pediculosis Capitis Treatment


To treat pediculosis capitis, over-the-counter medication may be helpful. If it is not remedied by the same, prescription medication like Malathion which is also known commercially as the Ovide and Lindane may be used.


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