Men and women -
It can take several weeks after coming into contact with pubic lice before signs and symptoms appear, so you know what you have to do to stop becoming a victim of these little horrors
Pubic lice is often diagnosed by how it looks so be prepared to drop your pants so the doctor or nurse can take a look at the infection and decide on what treatment is best for you.
Treating crabs involves using a special cream, lotion or shampoo which can be purchased over the counter from a pharmacy. To be effective, treatment needs to be repeated after three to seven days.
You should wash your clothing, bedding and towels in a washing machine on a very hot cycle (50°C or higher) to kill the lice and avoid re-infection. Even after successful treatment, itching may continue for a few days. There may be nits in your body hair after treatment but these can be removed with a special comb that you can get over the counter from a pharmacy.
If left untreated, you can develop infections from scratching. It can also cause your skin to change colour and become scaly and scarred.