A closer look at the eyelashes!
Kawtar Belkhadir, Ouafae Cherkaoui
The Pan African Medical Journal. ;33:308. doi:10.11604/pamj..33.308.18232

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A closer look at the eyelashes!

Kawtar Belkhadir, Ouafae Cherkaoui
Pan Afr Med J. 2019; 33:308. doi:10.11604/pamj.2019.33.308.18232. Published 20 Aug 2019



A 7-year-old child presented with bilateral anterior blepharitis. He had no medical history. The careful examination of the eyelashes found several lice attached to them with their ovoid nits. The parasitological examination revealed a phtirius pubis. Screening of other family members did not find similar effects. The treatment consisted in the removal of all the lesions and their nits. Because mercury-based ointments were unavailable in our country, we have advocated rigorous hygiene of the eyelids, and the use of antibiotic ointment to smother the lice and their nits. The mode of transmission in this case is unknown. There was no evidence of ill-treatment or poor hygiene in the family. The evolution after treatment has been favorable.


Corresponding author:
Kawtar Belkhadir, Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco
kawtar_belkhadir@hotmail.fr

©Kawtar Belkhadir et al. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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