A member asked:

My girlfriend and i have head lice and recently ive noticed one in my pubic hair wich surprised me how do i proceed? it didn't look like a crab

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Dr. Neigatha Graney answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Treat For Head Lice: There are 3 types of lice: head, body, & pubic. Pubic (crab) have distinctive appearance from other two. Head & body lice appear similar but head are smaller. Head lice are best suited for survival in scalp environment; can be found elsewhere on body but they do not thrive in these areas. Suggest treating scalp w/ over-the-counter head lice medication. See doctor if more lice appear in pubic area.

Answered 11/3/2018


Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Head lice: The type of louse that causes head lice, isn't well suited for the pubic area. It will probably migrate away. Regarding the head lice- Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits & lice. Pediculicide is usually used- OTC like Nix or RID or prescription meds like lindane or malathion. Work through hair & remove individual nits. Purchase special lice nit comb. Check for nits & remove as

Answered 11/3/2018



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