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Infection

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A 10-year-old schoolgirl has recurrent episodes of boils on the scalp. The boils subside with antibiotic therapy but recur after some time. The most likely cause of the recurrences is: (AIIMS Nov 2013)



A Primary immunodeficiency syndrome

B Juvenile diabetes mellitus

C Pediculus capitis

D HIV infection

Ans. C
Pediculus capitis

1). Head lice (Pediculus capitis): Infestation is common in school girls.

2). It is more often seen in poorer section of society and longhaired school children regardless to their social background.

3). The louse is passed among children by casual contact and by sharing combs and brushes.

4). Itching is the predominant complaint and scratching that results can cause secondary infection with exudation and crusting and lymphadenopathy. Most common site of involvement is occipital area also knows as louse pit.

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