If you’re itching or have been in contact with pubic lice then it’s worth carefully examining your genital skin. You may notice tiny dark eggs or pubic lice clinging onto your pubic hair. The diagnosis can be made in the sexual health clinic if need be.
Treatment for pubic lice is simple and involves using a special cream, lotion or shampoo.
To be effective, treatment needs to be repeated after three to seven days.
You do not need to shave off pubic or other body hair.
You should wash your clothing, bedding and towels in a washing machine on a very hot cycle (50°C or higher) to kill the lice and avoid re-infection.
Even after successful treatment, itching may continue for a few days. There may be nits in your body hair after treatment but these can be removed with a special comb that you can get over the counter from a pharmacy.
Your sexual partner should be treated at the same time even if they don’t have any signs and symptoms.
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