U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
GB
A 29-year-old female asked:

My gp told me pubic lice is curable.the doctor from the sexual health tells me different they are treatable there's no cure.u live withthemcompletely?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Rosenfeld
Dermatology 45 years experience
Pubic Lice Cure: With proper use of prescription creams, or lotions, pubic lice is curable. Since it is a human parasite on the skin, you can catch it again from intimate exposure to others who have the lice, or by sharing contaminated clothing, towels. Contact your doctor, or a Dermatologist, for treatment.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Dr. David Carlson
45 years experience
Curable, but . . .: Treatment must kill all the lice & anything (or person) you have close contact with must be free of lice or you will risk re-infestation. This is kind of like bed bugs- they can be killed but you have to kill them all. The environment (bedding, clothing, another person) may be carrying the parasite and you can develop a new case; or if treatment allowed some to survive, they will reproduce.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Related questions

A 29-year-old female asked:
I've asked my gp does pubic lice affect the eyelashes. She told me they do not live on lashes..
Dr. William Dieck
Ophthalmology 40 years experience
Not true: Lice can reside on any hair site including the lashes and brow. I have seen this on several occasions .
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
View all answers
A 29-year-old female asked:
I told my gp I caught pubic lice from public toilets she said to me know one cannot catch them from the toilets?
Dr. Susan Arnoult
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Person to person: They are spread person to person or from fabric that an infested person has touched (like sofa, headrest, clothing, towels, hats, etc..). The CDC web... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
View all answers
A 21-year-old male asked:
I have been prescribed selsun shampoo (2.5% selenium sulphide) by a doctor for having pubic lice or crabs. Will it work?
Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 58 years experience
Pubic lice: A lice-killing lotion containing 1% Permethrin or a mousse containing pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide can be used to treat pubic lice. These are ava... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Hi doctor, Pubic hair lice- shaved my pubic hair and frequently used hot water down there. They vanished for a while but now they are back. Is there over the counter meds I can use?
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
OTC meds may work: Those little critters need hair to attach their laid eggs to. The adults don't live very long, so if a person prevents any eggs from attaching to his ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Hi, my doctor diagnosed me with pubic lice. I then got benzyl benzoate from the pharmacy. How should I apply it because I applied a thick coat to my arm pits and pubic areas as well my intergluteal cleft, but its burning heavily. Will this pass?
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Benzyl Benzoate: ONLY use the amount of Benzyl Benzoate that is directed on the instruction. Skin irritation &/or rash are common side effects. See: https://www.... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
Last updated Apr 29, 2019

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.