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A 29-year-old female asked:

my partner still thinks i do not have pubic lice. i've tried every lotion to kill them. i found one pubic lice its yellow i'm very frustrated.

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Treat Both Partners: Crab Lice are transmitted by direct contact. Sexual partners must be treated at the same time to prevent re-infesting each other. The lice you are finding after you have treated yourself are likely coming from your partner now. Have your partner see a doctor for exam and treatment to stop the vicious cycle. Avoid sexual contact until you are both successfully treated.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Pubic lice: Pubic Lice (Phthirus pubis) can be treated with OTC product like Nix or Rid. Other options are prescription medications like Malathion (kept on affected area for 8 to 12 hours); Invermectin (2 pills – may need to be repeated in 10 days); Lindane (if you have failed other treatments). Treat both of you. Clean all bed linens, towels & clothes you have been wearing.

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