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Head Lice: Update on Diagnosis and Treatment

Head Lice: Update on Diagnosis and Treatment



Time to Complete

1 hour


June 29, 2015


September 1, 2017
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This activity was re-reviewed for CME/CE credit on August 1, 2016 and is valid for credit until September 1, 2017.

Maximum Credits

1.00 / AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM
1.00 CE for Nurses; includes 0.50 pharmacology credits

Accredited Provider

This program is jointly provided by Haymarket Medical Education (HME) and Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM).

Commercial Supporter

There is no commercial support for this activity.

Program Description

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. This activity, which consists of a text-based monograph followed by an interactive patient case study scenario, describes the biology of the head louse and provides a review of best practices for the diagnosis and management of head lice. In addition, the safety and clinical success rates for a variety of new and existing therapeutic options are discussed.

Intended Audience

Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and registered nurses who treat patients with head lice

Educational Objectives

After participating in this activity, clinicians should be better able to:

  • 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

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Policy

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, HME requires that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. HME resolves all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all its educational programs.


Michael W. Simon, MD, PhD, FAAP
Department of Pediatrics
University of Kentucky
Private Practice
Nicholasville, KY

Dr. Simon has disclosed that he has received fees for non-CME/CE services from Zylera and has conducted contracted research for GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi, Anacor, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Arbor Pharmaceuticals, Abbott, and Astellas Pharma US, Inc.

CME Reviewer
Sylvia Nashed, PharmD

Associate Medical Director
Haymarket Medical Education

Dr. Nashed has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Planners' and Managers' Disclosures

HME planners and managers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

The following PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, RN, BSN, and Jan Schultz, RN, MSN, CHCP, hereby state that they or their spouse/life partner do not have any financial relationships or relationships to products or devices with any commercial interest related to the content of this activity of any amount during the past 12 months.




AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Accreditation Statement

Haymarket Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement

Haymarket Medical Education designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.




CE for Nurses

Accreditation Statement

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Designation Statement

This educational activity for 1.00 contact hours is provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine.

Designated for 0.50 contact hours of pharmacotherapy credit for Advance Practice Registered Nurses.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Haymarket Medical Education (HME) and Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of HME or PIM. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.


To obtain credit, a post-test score of 70% or better is required. Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully completed this program, answered all test questions, completed the post-test survey, and have received your digital copy of your credit certificate. Your online certificate will be saved on myCME within your Profile/Exam History, which you can then access at any time.

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