Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Groin Lice Overview

Another name for Groin Lice is Pubic Lice.

What are pubic lice?
A person with pubic lice has tiny insects living on the shafts of hair in the pubic area. Lice may live on hair in other areas of the body, such as the scalp, armpit, mustache, beard, eyebrows, eyelashes, and legs. Lice feed on blood by biting the skin. Millions of people are infected with lice each year in the US.

What are the symptoms of pubic lice?
Symptoms of pubic lice include tiny white eggs and grey insects on the hair shafts, skin redness, and intense itching.

How does the doctor treat pubic lice?
Treatment for pubic lice includes insecticide cream, insecticide shampoo, or oral insecticide medications. Clothes and bedding should be washed in hot water every day.

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Last Updated: Nov 5, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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