How is the hair of patients with severe pediculosis (lice infestation) characterized?

Updated: Aug 16, 2019
  • Author: Lyn C C Guenther, MD, FRCPC, FAAD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Uncommonly, the hair of patients who are heavily infested and untreated is tangled with exudates, predisposing the area to fungal infection. This results in a malodorous mass known as a plica polonica. Numerous lice and nits are found under the matted hair mass.

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