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I think I have pubic lice. Should I shave?

I think I have pubic lice. Should I shave?

Why: The pubic louse lives off blood it attains by biting your skin.The obvious treatment would be a cream or lotion to kill the buggers. The hair is just an innocent bystander. If your personal desire is to shave the area, you could keep a closer watch on the success of your rx. However , if you don't plan to keep the area shaved, i think its a lot of needless effort that won't help you heal faster. ...Read more

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Body Lice (Definition)

Similar to head lice, these tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and ...Read more


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How would I know I have pubic lice?

How would I know I have pubic lice?

Itching and bugs: You would have had to have had exposure to someone infected too. If you have been exposed it is better to treat than not to treat. ...Read more

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What should I do when I have an ingrown hair?

What should I do when I have an ingrown hair?

Ingrown Hair: If an ingrown hair is bothering you or has become infected, your doctor can make a small cut in your skin with a sterile needle or scalpel to release it. Your doctor may also prescribe medicine such as: steroid medicine that you rub on your skin to bring down the swelling. Retinoids (retin a) to remove dead skin cells and reduce the skin pigment. Antibiotics either topical or oral. ...Read more

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What to do if i shaved my pubic hair?

Allow: the hair to grow back if you wish you had not shaved. ...Read more

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I do not get why i don't have armpit hair, should I be concerned?

I do not get why i don't have armpit hair, should I be concerned?

Anything else?: Some women never get their periods or any armpit or pubic hair. These folks have androgen insensitivity. If you have normal adult body hair elsewhere, I'm not familiar with what you describe -- please forgive me and ask again. ...Read more

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Am i suppose to shave my pubic hair?

Grooming: Grooming questions are out of bounds at the doctor's office. One does not go to the doctor for grooming tips. This is a medical site. Grooming has nothing to do with health or medical conditions. Grooming is a personal choice not a disease. ...Read more

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Hey i shave down in my male parts i think i got ingrown hairs a b thry kinda hurt what should i do?

Hey i shave down in my male parts i think i got ingrown hairs a b thry kinda hurt what should i do?

Folliculitis: First- STOP SHAVING and THROW AWAY YOU OLD RAZOR. You can use a thin layer of Neosporin ointment and I would advise disposable razors after this clears up ( at least 7-10 days). If not improved see your dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have fleas around pubic area. What should I do?

Clean: Cleanliness, Shave pubic hair. Use Elimite or simmilar...permethrin5%, anti flea medication. Remember to clean all clothes, linen,towel. Indoor animals may be the cause. ...Read more

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What should I do if i shave and get a in-grown hair?

Don't shave: Take a break from shaving over that area. You may be able to use a tweezers to remove the hair. You can try switching to an electric shaver which is far less likely to cause an ingrown hair. ...Read more

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Why do I always get razor bumps when i shave my pubic area but nowhere else?

Why do I always get razor bumps when i shave my pubic area but nowhere else?

The hairs are coarse: Insure you use fresh, sharp blades vice dull blades. If hair is > several mm long – then trim before shaving. Wash area before shaving – warm water helps to soften hair. Use a lubricant when shaving. Avoid using products that contain alcohol or are scented. Shave in direction of the hair – not against it. Be gentle when shaving – don’t push down too hard. Moisturize skin after shaving. ...Read more

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I have these razor bumps on my pubic area dont know if i should be concerned about it?

I have these razor bumps on my pubic area dont know if i should be concerned about it?

Less often and close: Razor bumps are common. They are not dangerous but are a nuisance. I have heard many recommendations; here are mine culled from my 32 years as a doctor: Avoid close shaves- use electric foil razor or new twin-blade with foam. Avoid frequent shaves- wait as long as you can. Only move the razor ONCE over each skin area. Here are other ideas: https://www.symptomfind.com/health/get-rid-of-razor-bumps/ ...Read more

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I think I have in infected knee scrape, what should I do?

I think I have in infected knee scrape, what should I do?

Have it evaluated.: If you feel that it is infected have it evaluated by a professional as you may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Hi Ive just shaven my pubic hair... It's hurting now and I don't know what to do.

Hi Ive just shaven my pubic hair... It's hurting now and I don't know what to do.

It due to shaving: The pain is due to shaving. It feels like a small skin burn that will improve on its own. As a first remedy, you can apply a moisturizer or take tylenol (acetaminophen) for symptomatic relief. If any other complications arise or if worsening, contact your doctor. ...Read more

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I think i mite have pcos i have face hair and hair every where els I have had it for 5 years what do I do to take it away ?

I think i mite have pcos 

i have face hair and hair every where els I have had it for 5 years  what do I do to take it away ?

Seek care: You should seek medical care. Sometimes increased hair growth can be from other sources other than pcos. Rarely rumors can be the culprit. If indeed it is pcos weight loss may help. The use if bury control pills may help lower the androgen levels. Any hair that has become thick will have to be removed through laser or electrolysis. ...Read more

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How do I tell her I might have pubic lice?

How do I tell her I might have pubic lice?

Pubic lice: Pubic lice are tiny insects that live on the pubic hairs, and climb down onto the skin to take a blood meal. You may see tiny specks of blood on your underwear or sheets, and if you look carefully, you may see the tiny gray creatures attached to the hairs. They are not easy to diagnose, so you should make sure you have them before you tell your female friend, . You must both be treated by a doctor. ...Read more

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I shaved my pubic area and now I think i'm breaking out, what do I do?

I shaved my pubic area and now I think i'm breaking out, what do I do?

Common problem: This is a common side effect of shaving pubic region, especially first time. It is called pseudofolliculitis barbae, which simply means inflammed ingrown hairs. Only way to prevent is to not shave but some helpful advice: 1. Shave only in direction of "grain" 2. Trim with scissors, don't shave. 3. Use conditioner instead of shaving cream. 4. Use new razors and never, ever share razors. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have head lice but i don't have the lice comb?

What do you suggest if I have head lice but i don't have the lice comb?

Head lice: Tx of lice requires accurate identification of nits & lice. A pediculicide is usually used- otc like nix (permethrin) or rid or prescription meds like lindane or malathion. Work carefully through hair &remove individual nits. A special lice nit comb helps but isn't required. Check for nits &remove as seen over next 7 to 10 days. If there are nits after 7 to 10 days – a 2nd pediculicide tx may be needed. ...Read more

Pubic Lice (Definition)

Pubic lice is a parasitic infection of the hair shaft that can cause irritation and itching. It is ...Read more


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Pediculosis (Definition)

Refers to infestation with lice. Pediculosis can include head lice, body ...Read more