Lice - 0513-0000-15-039-H01-T


An Embarrassing and Annoying Parasite

by Steven S. Bhimji, MD, PhD
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This course is credentialed for:
Pharmacy Tech (1.00 Contact Hr)

Price: $15.00
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The most common infestation in humans is by the head louse. These parasites feed on human blood by piercing the skin. The injected saliva contains many irritant chemicals that cause itching. This parasite is acquired easily by close physical contact, by sharing personal products (such as hats, brushes, combs and garments) and by sharing the same bedding. Lice are classified as ectoparasites because they have the capacity to feed and live off their human hosts. The head louse (Pediculus humanus capitis) and the body louse, known as (Pediculus humanus corporis) are of similar size and structure, and can be crossbred. The third type is the pubic louse (Pthirus pubis), often referred to as a “crab,” which is morphologically different from the other two species. Pubic lice have an affinity for the groin and genitals, can infest almost any hair-growing area, including beards and eyelashes.


The goal of this lice continuing educational activity is to inform pharmacists and health educators about lice infestation, how to remove lice infestation and what appropriate treatments are available. After studying the material presented here, you should be able to:
  • Discuss common sites of lice infestation
  • Describe one sign of a patient with lice
  • List two types of drugs used to treat lice

Approval Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and health educators.
Pharmacy technicians: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Type of Activity: Knowledge
Initial Release Date: 09/04/2015; Planned Expiration Date: 09/04/2018

Course Originally Released on: 4/10/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 7/27/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/4/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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KRYSTAL M - BUCYRUS, KS  ·  Jul 17, 2018
Simple and to the point
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Latasha W - Aurora, CO  ·  Jul 15, 2018
Interesting facts about lice . I've learned alot that I didn't know about the subject .
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Katheryn S - Austin, TX  ·  Jul 11, 2018
This continuing education credit was very good. Would recommend
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ALECIA P - National City, CA  ·  Jul 06, 2018
it was interesting I would recommend to my collegues
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Ingrid W - Glendale, AZ  ·  Jul 06, 2018
very interesting and informative
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