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What are pubic lice?
Pubic lice are a type of lice that favor the body's pubic region, although they can be found anywhere on the body. They feed on a person's blood and are spread by sexual contact.
What are the symptoms of pubic lice?
Itching in the genital area is the most common symptom of pubic lice. You may also notice blue spots on the skin from where the lice have fed.
How are pubic lice diagnosed?
You will probably be able to see pubic lice yourself, or your doctor will look for them or their eggs if they examine you.
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Author: Jonathan Meddings BMedLabSc (Hons)
First answered: 22 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Pubic lice