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can you tell me how i could tell if i have pubic lice?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Pubic Lice: Pubic lice may be found on genitalia, underarms, chest or even eye brows. Lice can itch a lot. Lice may be tan to brown gray & the size of a sesame seed. Nits are tiny, light to white colored deposits that adhere to hair. When lice have been present for a long time – surrounding skin may be purple or blue.
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Pubic lice: can be visualized by the naked eye as small brown or gray crab-like bodies in the hair of the genitals, beard, armpits or eyebrows. Lice infestation is associated with intense itching, which can cause a rash with scabbing or bleeding.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

How can I treat pubic lice?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Scabicide: A scabicide medication is used for the individual and any intimate contacts. At times the hair is shaven to remove all the nits. Your doctor can certainly help you with this treatment.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Will pubic lice stop me from going on my vacation?

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Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
Specializes in Gynecology
No: Pubic lice typically fly free, but check the pet policy for the airline your are using.
Dr. Kevin Daus
Dr. Kevin Daus commented
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Get medication for this and it will get rid of the problem
Feb 25, 2012
A member asked:

Do lots of people get pubic lice, or is it unusual?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Common: Particularly more common in younger people with more frequent sexual encounters with different people. Lice have been around for millenia, and will probably out survive humans.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can you catch pubic lice by wearing short shorts and sitting on carpeted floors with others?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
Pubic Lice: You get it by contact with the affected person.It is a parasite that jumps to your body upon contact.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How do I tell her I might have pubic lice?

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Dr. Richard Feinstein
Dermatology 53 years experience
Pubic lice: Pubic lice are tiny insects that live on the pubic hairs, and climb down onto the skin to take a blood meal. You may see tiny specks of blood on your underwear or sheets, and if you look carefully, you may see the tiny gray creatures attached to the hairs. They are not easy to diagnose, so you should make sure you have them before you tell your female friend, . You must both be treated by a doctor.

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