Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Body Lice Evaluation

The evaluation of lice begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with lice may include:

  • Lice:
    • Tiny gray-white insects visible in the hair or on clothing
  • Nits:
    • Tiny, hard, white eggs firmly attached to the hair shafts
  • Skin redness

Tests are not necessary to make the diagnosis of lice.

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Last Updated: Jul 31, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Body Lice References
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  2. Venna S, Fleischer AB Jr, Feldman SR. Scabies and lice: review of the clinical features and management principles. Dermatol Nurs. 2001 Aug;13(4):257-62; quiz 265-6. [11917782]
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