Pubic Lice

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What are Pubic Lice?
Pubic lice, also known as crabs, are small insects that infest your genital area. Spread through close bodily contact, pubic lice are generally more prevalent as a result of sexual contact. Pubic Lice feed on human blood, and their bites can cause severe itching.

How can you get Pubic Lice?
Pubic lice are usually transmitted through intimate contact such as sexual intercourse. They can also be passed on to others who may use the same towels, blankets, clothes, and bed sheets of those who are already infected. Crabs cannot be spread through quick, casual touching, like handshakes or hugs, and it is rare to get them from a toilet seat.

Adult lice lay their eggs, commonly known as nits, on the hair shaft. 7-10 days later, the nits hatch into nymphs and start feeding on your blood. These lice can live without food supply for 1-2 days.

What are the symptoms of Pubic Lice?
Those with pubic lice often experience itching in their genital area or anus for about five days. At night, the itching may become more intense.

Other symptoms include:
  • Inflammation
  • Small spots of blood
  • Irritaion around the genital region

Treating Pubic Lice
Treating pubic lice infestations can be achieved with relative ease, efficacy, and discretion. Specially formulated insecticide creams, lotions and shampoo can be directly applied to the affected area for a prescribed period. To find out about the ideal pubic lice treatment for you, please consult with one of our ‘elite’ prescribers.