Pubic Lice Treatment
Treatment for pubic lice includes insecticide cream, insecticide shampoo, or oral insecticide medications. Clothes and bedding should be washed in hot water every day.
Nonprescription insecticide shampoos:
Prescription insecticide shampoos:
- Malathion (Ovide lotion)
Oral insecticide medication:
Pubic Lice Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of pubic lice.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Am I contagious?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having pubic lice again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
Pubic Lice Specialist
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