Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Pubic Lice Home Care

Home care for pubic lice includes:

  • Do not share personal care items:
    • Brushes
    • Combs
    • Towels
  • Sterilize combs and brushes in boiling water.
  • Family members should be checked for lice.
  • Sexual partners should be treated for lice.
  • Take an oral antihistamine for itching:
  • Use a nit comb to help remove dead eggs from the hair.
  • Wash clothes and linens in very hot, soapy water every day.
  • Take prescription medications as directed.

Pubic Lice Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if you have pubic lice and any of the following:

Continue to Pubic Lice Prevention

Last Updated: Jan 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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