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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)

Body lice (pediculus humanus corporis) are similar to head lice. These are tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and can spread certain infections. Generally these are found in the homeless or those who are ...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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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 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?

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

Dr. Richard Rissmiller
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Pediculosis (Definition)

Pediculosis is a condition in which a person has lice, a blood-feeding insect, on his or her body. Lice may be present in the head, body, or pubic area, and can be spread by contact between people. Itching ...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