Diagnostic Tests for Pubic lice


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Diagnostic Test list for Pubic lice: The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Pubic lice includes:

  • Visual identification of lice - pubic lice are tiny, the size of a pinhead and oval in shape. They are colored grayish or reddish-brown when full of blood.
  • Visual identification of nits - the tiny white eggs.

Tests and diagnosis discussion for Pubic lice: By looking closely through pubic hair for nits, nymphs, or adults. Finding a nymph or adult may be difficult; there are usually few of them and they can move quickly away from light. If crawling lice are not seen, finding nits confirms that a person is infested and should be treated. Diagnosis should be made by a health care provider if you are unsure about infestation or if treatment is not successful. 1

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Pubic Lice or "Crabs": DPD

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