What is the role of fungal culture in the workup 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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Scrapings for a fungal culture can be collected if dermatophyte infection is in the differential diagnoses. This is useful when the diagnosis is unclear (ie, no nits or lice have been identified).


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