Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Lice Underlying Cause

Lice infestations are caused by the insect, Pediculosis humanus or Pthirius pubis.

Types of lice infections and their causes include:

  • Body lice:
    • Pediculosis humanus corporis
  • Head lice:
    • Pediculosis humanus capitis
  • Pubic lice:
    • Pthirius pubis

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Last Updated: Mar 24, 2009 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed 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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