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 43 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.
Dr. David Carlson
Psychiatry 43 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.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership

Similar questions

A 21-year-old member asked:

How does an infestation of lice of school children start?

2 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Quietly: Lice are an only human paracite that takes only 10 days to go from hachling to maturity. They are tiny, often found in headgear, hoodies or scarfs & love to be shared (like headgear). Kids is close contact settings, with layers of clothing often pass the living lice. They gravitate to the scalp as a quiet place to feed.After a time whit egg casings appear tightly attached to hair.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Do head lice jump?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dermatology 38 years experience
No: They need to be transmitted physically from person to person.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is head lice contagious

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Yes: It spreads through contact among classmates or family members.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Does having head lice mean the person is dirty with poor hygiene?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
No: It caught from contact and regular shampoo and bathing does not prevent head lice. Do not share combs or wear other persons cap
A 21-year-old member asked:

How long will I need to comb lice and nits from infested hair after initial treatment

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Let explian: If were infested with lice you have to treat it yourself and your family and pets also. Wash all bed sheets. The comb is used to clear the lice or the eggs from the hair , so for one .

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
$30 per visit with
membership
Last updated Apr 29, 2019

People also asked

Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
$30 per visit with
membership

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.