Medical Q&As

Crab lice -how do I get rid of them?

What lotions should I get for crab lice?

The colloquial expression “crab lice” refers to pubic lice or pediculosis pubis to give its formal medical title. There are several effective lotions available including malathion, carbaryl and lindane. It is essential that the instructions for application on the container are followed to the letter because some people are so anxious to get rid of the problem that they apply too much of the product or re-apply it too frequently. Pubic lice can be considered to be a form of sexually transmitted disease and it is important that your sexual partner be treated simultaneously. If you have engaged in un-protected sexual intercourse with a casual sexual partner you would need to consider the option of screening for other sexually transmitted disease.