Head Lice: Update on Diagnosis and Treatment– Head lice infestation (also known as pediculosis) is the infection of the head hair and scalp by the head louse, Pediculus humanus capitis. The condition is common in the United States, particularly among the young; an estimated 14 million individuals are treated for head lice annually, with 6 to 12 million being children. Once infection occurs, the head lice irritate the skin and/or scalp and cause itching.
Discuss the etiology and biology of head lice infestation
Identify signs and symptoms of head lice infestation and distinguish between active infestation and other material in hair
Evaluate the effectiveness and risks of various prescription and over-the-counter lice treatment options, particularly newer agents
Counsel parents and patients on proper implementation of various treatments for head lice
1.0 Free CEUs for Nurse Practitioners which includes 0.5 Free Hours of Pharmacology
This course also offers Free CEUs for Physicians and Nurses