How are pubic lice treated?
Pubic lice are common, can be easily treated and are nothing to be embarrassed about.
A sexual health clinic will be able to diagnose you straight away as they are familiar with the condition, but if there isn’t one near you, a GP or pharmacy will be able to help. The usual treatment for pubic lice is:
- permethrin cream (Lyclear)
- aqueous malathion (Derbac-M)
Don’t be tempted to try shaving the hairs off and ignoring the lice - they won’t go away unless you treat them. Shaving the infested areas won’t stop them coming back, as they only need a tiny amount of hair to lay their eggs.
Some treatments to be applied to your entire body, including beards, moustaches or hair around the anal region, as the lice spread very easily. Avoid the face, scalp or eye areas. Comb through with a fine tooth comb, to get rid of the eggs and leave the treatment on for 12 - 24 hours (according to the instructions) and repeat after seven days.
If you have lice in your eyelashes, don’t be tempted to treat them at home, see your doctor who will recommend a specialist eye ointment.
- Sometimes, pubic lice can build up a resistance to treatment, so if you notice any symptoms after the second treatment, visit your doctor or sexual health clinic.
- If you’re under 18, pregnant or breast feeding, don’t self treat, ask your doctor for advice.
- If you’re suffering from itching, you can take antihistamines to reduce your symptoms.