Treatment For Pubic Lice
Treatment for pubic lice is needed before continuing sexual activity to avoid spreading the infestation to others. Pubic lice are a common sexually transmitted disease. It is transferred not only through sexual contact but also through clothing, towels, bedding, toilets, and upholstered furnishings. To proper get rid of lice care must be taken to these things as well.
- Wash the area infested with pubic lice and dry with a towel. Use a mild soap and pat dry to avoid further irritation.
- Apply a lice treatment shampoo or lotion to the hair. Follow the printed instructions. Completely cover the hair. Allow it to set the allotted time per packaging instructions, before removing.
- Use a fine tooth comb to remove nits from the hair shafts. Proper treatment will kill the lice and nits, but further attention is needed to remove them from the area.
- Clean clothes and underwear are needed after treatment. Old clothes, especially underwear, contain pubic lice.
- Place all clothing, towels, and bedding used in the last two to three days in the washing machine. Wash using hot water, 130°F of higher, to kill any remaining pubic lice. Machine dry on high heat.
- Dry-clean items that cannot be washed. Another option is to store them in a sealed plastic bag for no less than 2 weeks to kill any bugs.
- Avoid sexual contact with other infected people. Let all recent partners know so they can seek treatment if needed. Do not resume sexual activity with any current partners until you have both received treatment for pubic lice infestation.
- Repeat treatment as needed until no living lice are found.