What is the primary symptom of pthiriasis (lice infestation)?

Updated: Mar 01, 2018
  • Author: Lyn C C Guenther, MD, FRCPC, FAAD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The primary symptom in patients with pubic lice is pruritus in the affected areas. Another clinical feature of pubic louse infestation is the presence of pathognomonic maculae cerulea (bluish-gray macules) secondary to bites. [6] Crusts and pinpoint blood staining may also be noted on underwear. [6]


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