Pubic lice, also known as crabs, are small, wingless insects that infest pubic hair or coarse body hair such as eyebrows, armpits, mustache, beard, eyelashes, etc. Both men and women can obtain pubic lice. Pubic lice are mainly spread through sexual contact and condoms are not help because they do not fully cover the pubic hair.
Pubic Lice can also be spread through contaminated clothing and bedding however, they are not spread by toilet seats. It is extremely rare for two people who have been checked by a doctor and only have sex with each other to get pubic lice. Unfortunately, the only way to protect yourself from getting pubic lice is to abstain from genital contact, for people who do participate in genital contact there really is no known way to protect from pubic lice. To protect yourself from getting pubic lice you should avoid sexual contact with anyone that has them.
If you do have sexual contact with someone that does have pubic lice your chances of getting them are 95%. If you can't abstain from sexual contact use a condom or other type of latex barrier whenever you have vaginal, anal, or oral contact. Also limit the number of people you are having sex with, common sense tells you this will lower your chances of spreading or obtaining pubic lice. The more partners you have the higher your risk is of getting pubic lice. If you already have pubic lice:
- You will want to use a treatment or shampoo to remove the pubic lice and their nits (eggs).
- You will want to wash any bedding, towels, clothes, or any other items that may contain pubic lice. When you wash the items use the hot cycle setting or have them dry cleaned.
- Seal anything that can't be washed in a plastic bag for 2 weeks.
You can become re-infested after treatment if exposed to pubic lice again. It is also important that if you have been exposed to pubic lice to tell everyone you've had intercourse with recently so that they may be treated as well. If you have a partner, you will want to do your treatments at the same time. Shaving all of the hair off would be unnecessary. If you are pregnant, breast feeding, or have a young child you should not use certain medications. A majority of medications will have negative side effects and can be harmful to young or even unborn children.
Check with your doctor before using any type of medication. You will want to use a medication that specifically designed for a young child or pregnant woman. The safest way is to find an all natural shampoo.
By using something all natural, you would not have to worry about harmful negative side effects. There are some available that you can even mix with water to spray furniture, carpets, or any place else pubic lice may be that you can't easily throw in the washing machine.