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Pediatr Dermatol. 2003 Jul-Aug;20(4):356-7.

Phthirus pubis infestation of the eyelashes and scalp hairs in a girl.

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Division of Ophthalmology, Itoigawa General Hospital, Itoigawa, Japan.


A 4-year-old girl was seen because of foreign bodies on the eyelashes. Parasites and their nits were seen on the patient's eyelashes and scalp. Her parents denied having Phthirus pubis infection of the axillary, pubic, or body hair, despite confirmation of the infestation in their child. The parasites were removed and the lashes with nits were cut off at the base. The parasite was identified as P. pubis. The scalp was washed with phenothrin shampoo. One month later no P. pubis infestation was found. Removal of the parasites, cutting the lashes at the base, and using phenothrin shampoo on the scalp were effective in resolving phthiriasis.

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