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Pubic Lice Treatment

Pubic lice are treated with medication. Medication is generally very effective, as long as the person follows the directions on the bottle exactly. Current medications available for treating pubic lice include:
  • Pyrethrin (such as Rid®, A-200®, Clear®, and R&C®)
  • Permethrin (Nix®)
  • Lindane (Kwell®) -- available by prescription only.
To kill any lice or nits (attached to hairs) that may be left on clothing or bedding, machine-wash those washable items that the infested person used during the two to three days before lice treatment. Make sure to use the hot water cycle (130°F). Dry the laundry using high heat for at least 20 minutes.
(Click Treatment for Pubic Lice to learn more about treating pubic lice, including how medicines should be applied.)

Body Lice Treatment

Body lice live primarily on clothing. Therefore, in a lot of cases, body lice can be treated by giving the infested person a clean change of clothes and a shower, and by laundering or throwing away all worn clothing, bed linens, and towels. In some cases, medications may be needed in order to treat body lice.
(Click Treatment for Body Lice to learn more about treating body lice, including what medications may be needed.)
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