A member asked:

Will removing hair from the genital area helps in removing pubic lice and thereby prevent itching?

8 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Michael Fisher answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Pubic Lice: A lice-killing lotion containing 1% Permethrin or a mousse containing pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide can be used to treat pubic ("crab") lice. These products are available over-the-counter without a prescription at a local drug store or pharmacy. These medications are safe and effective when used exactly according to the instructions in the package or on the label.

Answered 10/22/2018


Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Not a guarantee: Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits & lice. A pediculicide is usually used- OTC like Nix or RID or prescription meds like lindane or malathion. Work carefully through hair & remove individual nits. Purchase a special lice nit comb to aid you. Check for nits & remove as seen over the next 7 to 10 days. If there are nits after 7 to 10 days – a 2nd pediculicide tx may be needed.

Answered 10/22/2018



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