Getting rid of pubic lice involves three steps: medication, washing infected items, and informing any sexual partners or people who’ve come into contact with your clothing and bedding.
1. Pubic lice medication.
Washing with ordinary soap won’t make a difference.
You can either get insecticide lotion or cream prescribed by your doctor, or buy an over-the-counter treatment.
Over-the-counter treatments generally contain either malathion or permethrin. Treatments containing malathion can be used for anyone over the age of six months. Permethrin lotion or cream is only advisable to use if you’re over 18. It isn’t advisable for pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers.
Both malathion and permethrin insecticide lotions or creams have similar instructions.
You have to apply the insecticide to the hair all over your body, after you’ve washed and dried yourself. This includes applying it to your scalp, face, eyebrow, ears, neck and moustache (if you’ve got one), as well as hair around your anus.
Avoid getting lotion in your eyes. If you do, use water to rinse your eyes thoroughly.
Leave the insecticide on your body for the time recommended in the instructions. After the recommended time has passed, wash it off thoroughly. And repeat again after seven days.
Remove nits (lice eggs) using a fine-toothed comb. Change into clean clothing and underwear.
2. Hot water washing
Wash any of your clothes that you wore before getting treatment and any of your bedding in water that’s 60° or hotter. If you can’t wash your clothes, either dry clean them or seal them in a plastic bag for 72 hours. Do the same thing with your mattress and pillows. Otherwise, you can become re-infected with lice.
3. Informing your sexual partners.
Tell your sexual partner(s) or anyone else that may have come into contact with your bedding, clothing, or towels to get tested and treated too. Otherwise, you may inadvertently end up getting pubic lice again.