Learning module: Infestations and bites

Goals and objectives

The purpose of this module is to help medical students develop a clinical approach to the evaluation and initial management of patients who present with bites and infestations.

After completing this module, the learner should be able to:
  • Recognize risk factors for lice infestation and scabies. Identify nits and adult lice as diagnostic of pediculosis.
  • Identify a burrow as the primary morphology of scabies.
  • Identify common causes and clinical presentations of insect bite reactions with an emphasis on bedbugs and brown recluse spider bites.
  • Discuss treatment options and patient education for pediculosis capitis, scabies and insect bite reactions.

Download the module

Assess yourself


    The AAD has partnered with the Society of Pediatric Dermatology (SPD) to produce a series of pediatric dermatology-specific modules for the AAD's Basic Dermatology Curriculum (BDC).  The topics for these modules were selected by pediatric dermatologists as topics not currently addressed within the BDC.

    Member Directory

    ZIP code :

    Additional resources


    The Basement Membrane Zone video lecture

    A free, 3D animated video lecture.

    BF archive

    Boards' Fodder archive

    Access AAD's Boards' Fodder library.


    Future of Dermatology Roundtable

    Specialty thought leaders are featured in this video series.


    DSAP for residents

    The DSAP for residents offers 45 self assessment questions.


    Dialogues in Dermatology

    A monthly audio subscription program.


    Performance Improvement CME

    A Web-based program to improve patient care.


    Race for the Case

    Make your diagnosis for a chance to win a Starbucks gift card!