How to Get Rid of Pubic Lice

How to Get Rid of Pubic Lice

The first step to removing pubic lice is to remove the eggs and larvae from the affected area. This should be done using tweezers or a nitcomb. If the problem persists, you should see a doctor. You may need a prescription treatment. Also, make sure to inform your sexual partners. If you have had sex with someone in the last month, they should be aware of your condition and get treated for any possible exposure to lice.

Pubic lice live in the pubic area but may also live in the armpits, eyelashes, beard and hair on the head. The adult pubic louse is gray-brown in color and 1.1 to 1.8 millimeters in length. The eggs and immature lice are much smaller and difficult to see without a microscope.

Symptoms of pubic lice may take a few days to clear up, or they may remain untreated. If they persist, it’s important to consult a doctor and check any sexual partners. Condoms don’t protect you from pubic lice. If you have pubic lice, you should also check your sexual partner for other sexually transmitted diseases.

There are several treatments for lice that are effective. Most of them require applying a topical lotion that is left on the affected area for eight to twelve hours. Another method is applying an oral medication called ivermectin. This medication is the most effective but can be quite toxic and should not be used on infants or pregnant women.