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Doctor insights on: Interesting Facts About Pubic Lice

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How did I get pubic lice?

How did I get pubic lice?

Intimate contact.: Pubic lice are usually spread via sexual contact. Though less likely, it is also possible to transmit pubic lice via personal items such as towels, clothes, or bedsheets. ...Read more

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 can I treat pubic lice?

Many things: First visit your doctor for proper treatment (scabicide) and advice about preventing a recurrence. Next boil or dry clean sheets, pillow cases, blankets, or any clothing exposed to the lice. Don't forget luggage). Finally, be sure all contacts/environments are treated simultaneously. These infestations usually occur in crowded settings such as barracks or camps. ...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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Can there be pubic lice in my bedsheets?

Can there be pubic lice in my bedsheets?

Pediculosis pubis: Is the name for crabs infesting the pubic area. Crabs (lice) often live in the pubic area or near the anus. The can also live in the hair or eye lashes. The lice’s saliva can cause a person to become very itchy, which is usually worse at night. There may be spots on skin that look bluish gray where the lice has bitten. Sores can develop when skin is scratched. The diagnosis is made by identifying. ...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 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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Are pubic lice link to other transmitted diease?

Pubic lice: Pubic lice are known as Pthirus pubis. They are found mostly in teenagers. Pubic lice are often spread during sexual activity. You should be checked for other STDs, since if you got one you may have gotten more. They can be associated with blepharitis if eyebrows are infected, and secondary impetigo or other skin infections may complicate your scratching the area. ...Read more

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Are pubic lice noticeable? What are the symptoms?

Phthirus pubis: The pubic louse (phthirus pubis) is also given the slang name of crabs. It is about 1/16th of an inch in size & when magnified looks like a crab. It is most commonly spread during sexual intercourse. It is a different organism then the lice that infect the hair or the body. Blue spots may show on the skin where the lice have been feeding. Nits (eggs) may noted on the pubic hairs. ...Read more

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Will pubic lice stop me from going on my vacation?

No: Pubic lice typically fly free, but check the pet policy for the airline your are using. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get pubic lice, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get pubic lice, or is it unusual?

Common: Particularly more common in younger people with more frequent sexual encounters with different people. Lice have been around for millenia, and will probably out survive humans. ...Read more

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What is the difference between crabs and pubic lice?

They're the same.: Pubic lice are commonly referred to as "crabs" or crab lice. The scientific name is phthirus pubis. ...Read more

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Can catch pubic lice definately from public toilets?

Not likely: Pubic lice are very slow moving, and do not live very long at temperatures lower than the human body. Transmission is usually through prolonged intimate contact, although anything is possible. Symptoms of itching or sores in the pubic region should be evaluated. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pubic lice?

"crabs": Pubic lice is a parasitic infection of the hair shaft that can cause irritation and itching. It is spread by close contact. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could tell if I have pubic lice?

Pubic Lice: Pubic lice may be found on genitalia, underarms, chest or even eye brows. Lice can itch a lot. Lice may be tan to brown gray & the size of a sesame seed. Nits are tiny, light to white colored deposits that adhere to hair. When lice have been present for a long time – surrounding skin may be purple or blue. ...Read more

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How can I confirm when pubic lice (crabs) are fully gone?

How can I confirm when pubic lice (crabs) are fully gone?

Examination: The skin has to be examined to be sure that the organisms are gone. They lay eggs for a followup after treatment is essential. ...Read more

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I believe I have pubic lice. How can I stop them from spreading?

You need to shave: Shave your pubic hair and see your doctor for a prescription to kill the lice
pubic lice is contacted by sexual contact pubis to pubis and both partners need to be treated. ...Read more

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How to know if I have lice or pubic lice and what can it do to me?

How to know if I have lice or pubic lice and what can it do to me?

Looks like bugs: They look like little black specks around the hair shaft. They also move and look like bugs. Aside from itching, they are really nothing more than a nuisance. They can spread easily to others so treating them with a anti lice shampoo is helpful. ...Read more

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Is it possible get crabs (pubic lice) from someone who doesn't think she has them?

Difficult to answer: Well, if someone truly does not have crabs then that person cannot give crabs to someone else. However, if that person is not telling the truth and actually has crabs then certainly it can be spread to others. ...Read more

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Are pubic lice eggs brown?

Are pubic lice eggs brown?

Yes: The lice and the nits both tend to be dark brown. There are white nits which are often associated with a fungal infection. ...Read more

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Are pubic lice a red colour?

Are pubic lice a red colour?

Yes: Here is an image of a pubic louse and a head louse. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What colour are pubic lice eggs?

Usually, off white: Most lice eggs or nits appear off-white against dark pubic hair, appear somewhat triangular, and are attached to the hair shaft. They may be hard to see in very fair individuals. A nit comb may be helpful in looking for them. ...Read more

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Does derbac m liquid for pubic lice really work?

Does derbac m liquid for pubic lice really work?

Yes It Works: Derbac M contains Malathion which is an effective treatment for lice including pubic lice and the eggs. You should read the instructions, use only as directed (product is flammable). Repeat the treatment in 7 - 10 days. All sexual contacts should be examined and treated if infested. Wash all clothes, bedding, towels in hot water/hot dryer or dry-clean. ...Read more

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What causes pubic lice and what causes rid of them?

By contact: Contact with somebody else with lice.
There are many creams or oral treatment for it.
I think the most effective medication is ivermectin. ...Read more

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If caught pubic lice once. Do people have them for the rest of their lives?

Lice treatment: Pubic lice infestation can be successfully treated and eradicated. A doctor can prescribe treatment to cure the problem. ...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