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15 Mar 2004

Pubic Lice
What is the names of the lotions or the shampoo for treating pubic lice? Can you get it from supermarkets or only from pharmacies?
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01 Jan 0001

Treatment are only available from pharmacies. Fortunately, itchy and annoying is about all pubic lice are. They are not carriers of any STDs or other infections. These critters, known scientifically as phthirus pubis, are tiny, wingless insects that nest in pubic hair and dine on blood. Their crab-like claws, with which they hold on tight to hair, earned them their popular nickname, "crabs." They are most often spread by sexual contact, although they can be transmitted via close body contact, clothes, bedding, and furniture.

Seeing your lice lounging around and laying eggs might gross you out, but at least your eye sight is pretty good. Each louse (singular for lice) is just two millimeters at its biggest, and lice eggs (nits) are pale and even smaller. Eggs only take eight days to hatch -- one reason why they can spread so quickly. A hairy man might also discover lice around his anus, or on his legs, chest, and even facial hair.

Successful treatment includes shampooing infected areas with lotion containing the insecticides malathion or carbaryl (available over-the-counter at drug stores), and washing clothes and bedding in water that is at least 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius...hot water cycle) for 20 minutes. If you have sexual partners, they should also de-louse. Treatment usually works quickly.

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