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Treatment of Pubic Lice
Pubic lice (Phthirus pubis) are tiny ectoparasites that live on humans and most commonly found in pubic hair, causing 'Pediculosis pubis'. However, pubic lice are not restricted to the hair around the groin and can be found in other areas of the human body such as on facial hair (moustaches, beards, eyelashes and eyebrows), the chest, the underarms, the anus and the back. Pubic lice are not usually found in the hair on the head. Pubic lice are also referred to by many as 'crabs', due to the general crab-like shape (claws/legs that they have to hold onto hairs with). Pubic lice range in size but are generally small (1-2mm), they range in colour from a whitish yellow to dark reddish brown. Pubic lice are blood sucking insects that pierce the skin and feed off small amounts of blood and treatment is needed as simply 'washing' will not kill the lice.
Pubic Lice Treatment
Many people are embarrassed to have pubic lice and are unfamiliar with which treatment should be applied. Pubic lice cause itchiness and discomfort but generally do not cause any further illness or symptoms, unless the bites are infected through scratching. Public lice treatment should be sought after quickly though and preventative measures should be taken to not spread them to others. If you can establish how they were caught, you may be able to advise the source, so treatment can be applied. Close body to body contact and sexual intercourse are the most common ways of catching pubic lice from another (infected) person. However, it is also possible to catch them through nonsexual contact, such as via kissing someone with an infected moustache or beard, and also potentially from clothing, towels and bedding (although this is very unlikely as pubic lice cannot survive too long away from a host). If you have caught pubic lice from a partner, you should also visit your local GUM clinic to be tested for other STDs and treatment.
Crabs Pubic Lice Treatment
Symptoms of pubic lice vary per person and as some do not have any signs or symptoms, pubic lice can go undetected. This makes it very difficult to control the spread as people pass it on to sexual partners unknowingly. If you know who has given you pubic lice you should inform them so they can seek treatment at the same time. There are various types of treatment for pubic lice and how severe the infestation is will determine which pubic lice treatment is best to use. A visit to your local doctor/GP or GUM (Genito-urinary Medicine) clinic is best as the professionals there will be able to confirm which treatment is best. Treatment for pubic lice may be prescribed in the form of an insecticide, specifically designed for use on the body. There are water based and alcohol based insecticides that can be used as treatment. The water based insecticides are the preferred treatment for young children and pregnant or breast-feeding women. Should the water based insecticides not prove successful, an alcohol based treatment may be the only option (however some may suffer further skin irritation). Not all types of pubic lice treatment are suitable, so exercise caution and always seek professional advice if you can.