Treatment for Pubic Lice


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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.

Pubic Lice Treatment

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Pubic lice treatment over the counter
Treatment for pubic lice may come as a lotion or a cream. Shampoos and combs may not be as effective as they are with head lice, but the comb could help with the detection. Permethrin (Lyclear), Phenothrin (Full Marks) and Malathion (Derbac-M, Quellada M and Prioderm) are all ingredients that may be present in a pubic lice treatment (and they are designed to kill pubic lice). All are easy to apply, but directions on the treatment should be followed carefully and concisely for the best results. Some of the more important pointers to help with pubic lice treatment are:

  • Wait for your skin to cool before applying any treatment (after a bath/shower)
  • Exercise caution with broken, damaged and infected skin
  • Treatment should be applied to all body hair and facial hair (all infected areas)
  • Leave the treatment on for the correct time period on the instructions
  • Reapply the treatment a week later to target any hatched eggs
  • Seek medical advice if you are pregnant or breast feeding
  • Do not use a head lice treatment as they are meant for the head
  • Avoid contact with others until the pubic lice cease (sexual and non sexual)
  • Contact all the partners and people you may have passed them on to (the GUM clinic may be able to help, confidentially so don't be alarmed)
  •  Don't be surprised if the itching doesn't stop immediately, this may take a number of days
  • Clean all clothing, bedding, laundry on a high temperature and do not share your bed
  • If the treatment doesn't work, consult your doctor


Pubic Lice Treatment
Treatment for pubic lice can be bought over the counter at your local drug store or pharmacy. However, a visit to the GUM clinic is recommended as you can receive further checks at the same time, and this will put your mind at ease. The GUM clinic will be able to advise you of each and every treatment and assist with the recovery. As GUM clinics are confidential, your details aren't passed on to anyone if you do not wish so, and if you want total anonymity then it's not even necessary to use your own name (make one up). Treatment and prevention of spread to others is most important. There isn't anything you can do to guarantee not catching pubic lice, however the less amount of sexual partners you have may reduce the chances of catching them.

Thousands of people search to find out about different types of parasites and how to get rid of them. Fortunately there are so many products available on line, you should be able to find what you want without too much of a problem. We hope that you have found this article a useful guide and that any questions you may have had have been answered. You will find that this website is a great resource, whether you are looking to learn more about pubic lice treatment, purchase related products or just seek some quiet information. Men, women and children are all affected by these parasites and we hope you have located the treatment you may need, be it a comb, lotion, cream, medication or shampoo. Treatments and remedies should be sought after quickly and if you have crabs you should seek medical advice so the they cannot be spread or infect others.

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