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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.
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.
How are pubic lice treated?
Treatments used for pubic lice include various creams and lotions, such as permethrin, that are available over the counter.
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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