Phthiriasis is a common eyelid
An eyelid is a thin fold of skin that covers and protects an eye. With the exception of the prepuce and the labia minora, it has the thinnest skin of the whole body. The levator palpebrae superioris muscle retracts the eyelid to "open" the eye. This can be either voluntarily or involuntarily...

 infestation, caused by Phthirus pubis (pubic lice, sometimes referred to as crab lice).
Pediculosis is an eyelid infestation by either Pediculus humanus corporis (body) or Pediculus humanus capitus (head) lice. The term was formerly used to describe an infestation of lice which would live beneath the skin (see reference).


One of the following topical ocular therapies is recommended:
  • Petroleum jelly
    Petroleum jelly
    Petroleum jelly, petrolatum, white petrolatum or soft paraffin, CAS number 8009-03-8, is a semi-solid mixture of hydrocarbons , originally promoted as a topical ointment for its healing properties...

     or other bland ointments, TID
  • Mercuric oxide 1%
  • Ammoniated mercuric oxide 3%, twice a day
  • Physostigmine
    Physostigmine is a parasympathomimetic alkaloid, specifically, a reversible cholinesterase inhibitor. It occurs naturally in the Calabar bean....

     (a Cholinesterase inhibitor)

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