Pubic lice are very small about 1.1 to about 1.5 mm long insects that are often called crabs found mostly in the pubic hair. They are much different from the normal hair or body lice the latter being slightly larger and of a more elongated appearance.
They are found in the pubic hair and may occur as a result of using dirty bedding, or under garments or even having sexual contact with an infected person. The first symptom of having pubic lice is itching in the genitals and severe irritation. Pubic lice though visible to naked eye are easy to spot under a magnifying glass and especially their yellowish white eggs found in the hairy region.
Though called pubic lice they may also be present in the underarm hair, eyebrows, and eyelash or even in body hair for the person who has got too much body hair.
Getting Rid of Pubic Lice
As a preventive here are a few steps you can follow:
Keep yourself Clean
The first is to always wash and keep yourself clean, rinsing well your genital regions during bath. Apply antibacterial soaps that are a bit strong and can reach deep inside the hairs and cleanse it out.
Wash your Garments on a Daily Basis
Make sure that the towel you use is cleaned well and dried. Do not use a dirty old towel without washing. It is good if you dry your cloths and towel in the sun as it kills all the germs and acts a purification process. Make sure you change and wash your undergarments every day. This might also be a source of lice infestation.
Use Lindane Shampoo
Lindane shampoo is often a prescribed medication and it kills lice and destroys lice eggs instantly. But make sure it is what the doctor prescribed because lindane can be harmful, especially for infants, people with sensitive skin, women who are pregnant or are breast feeding and allergetic pesons.