What are pubic lice?
Pubic lice are similar to head lice, but only affect pubic hair, body
hair and rarely, eyebrows and eyelashes. They are not found on the hair
of the head. They are known as crab lice.
What are the symptoms?
You may not have any symptoms or you may feel itchy in the affected areas
How are pubic lice passed on?
They are passed from person to person by close body contact. However they can survive of the body for 24-48 hours.
How do I know if I have it?
Often you can see the crab lice on the hairs.
Where can I get treatment?
You can treat yourself with a lotion from
the chemist. You do not have to be seen by a doctor. Bed linen and recently
used clothing should be washed. Most treatments need to be applied again 7 days later. Your current sexual partner(s) should also
be treated to prevent recurrence. You may wish to be tested for other STIs.
For further information contact the Sexual Health Services by:
Drop in at your nearest C2U (under 20s only)
Will pubic lice come back?
Treatment is successful for most people. You may experience itching afterwards, but this doesn't necessarily mean the lice have come back. Do not use lotion more than the recommended amount and frequency. If your current sexual partners are not treated, it is likely you will be re-infected
You cannot tell by looking at someone if they have a sexually transmitted infection, so if you are having sex (oral, anal or vaginal) the only way to make sure you are not putting yourself at risk is to practise safer sex. This means:
- always using condoms or femidoms (female condom inserted within the vagina) for vaginal sex.
- always using condoms with water based lube for anal sex
- always using flavoured condoms or dental dams (a latex shield that covers the mouth) when having oral sex
- trying non-penetrative sex like massage or mutual masturbation.
Testing and treatment is available from:
- General Practitioners
- Sexual Health D&G, Nithbank, Dumfries.
Daily drop-in Mon-Fri 9.00-11.00am
- Stranraer Community Hospital
Every Monday 5.00 - 6.30pm
Every Wednesday 10.30 - 11.30am