What is the most common symptom of pediculosis and pthiriasis (lice infestation)?

Updated: Aug 16, 2019
  • Author: Lyn C C Guenther, MD, FRCPC, FAAD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Pruritus is the most common symptom of infestation. Children often have trouble sleeping because of intense pruritus at night. Areas affected in head louse infestation include the scalp, the back of the neck, and postauricular areas. Scratching can cause secondary infection with bacterial sores. However, lice infestation may be asymptomatic, particularly if it is the first infestation and if the infestation is light. [4]


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