Crabs skiing in the axilla
How to cite this article: Vasudevan B, Vendhan DS, Neema S. Crabs skiing in the axilla. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol doi: 10.25259/IJDVL_166_2023
A 21-year-old man presented with itching in the axillae for 2 months. A dermatological examination revealed follicular papules (resembling Darier’s disease) and pseudofolliculitis barbae [Figure 1]. However, dermoscopy revealed the presence of numerous crab lice that were firmly attached to the hair shaft. They appeared to be skiing holding on to adjacent hair [Figure 2]. On microscopy, the louse was found to have a wide body, short antennae, crab-like appendages and narrow mouth parts confirming it to be Pthirus pubis [Figure 3]. The patient was treated with 1% permethrin lotion, counselled about the disease and advised to get all his contacts also treated for the same condition. At one month follow up, the patient was free from the infestation clinically and dermoscopically. Lice infestation in the axilla can mimic other conditions and a dermoscopic examination and/ or microscopy can clinch the diagnosis at the bedside thus preventing misdiagnosis or treatment delays.
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