Pubic and Body Lice

While less common then head lice, Pubic Lice and Body Lice can both cause irritation and intense itching. This section outlines what to look for and what you need to do to get rid of both.

Pubic Lice (Crabs) Symptoms

  • The number one way to get crabs is from sexual contact. Therefore, infested sexual partners should be treated simultaneously to avoid re-infestation. The lice are very small and look like brown or grey dots on the skin. Crabs lay small white eggs on the hair shaft, generally close to the skin surface. In hairy individuals, crabs may be present on the short hairs of the groin, thighs and trunk, underarms, and occasionally on the beard or mustache.
  • It's possible to get crabs from infected bedding, towels, and clothes.
  • Crabs are "equal opportunity" pests, found in the genital areas of men and women.
  • The most common symptom of crabs is extreme itching in the genital area.
  • Crabs are slightly larger than sesame seeds and resemble miniature crabs. They can be found by closely examining the genital area under a bright light.

Pubic Lice Treatment

Treatment to get rid of crabs is similar in manner to that used for head lice. It is important to treat the infected area thoroughly, which will include anal hairs and on the thigh area. Lice will spread to these surrounding areas, so complete treatment is necessary. It is also a good idea to treat infested sexual partners to reduce the chance of re-infestation.

  • Apply RID® Lice Killing Shampoo to DRY HAIR only, until area is thoroughly wet, being careful not to allow the product to come in direct contact or penetrate mucus membranes. Use caution to apply it to the skin and hair, but avoid the anus or vaginal openings.
  • After completing application, allow product to remain for 10 minutes but no longer.
  • Add sufficient warm water to form lather. Rinse thoroughly.
  • A fine-tooth comb or a special lice/nit-removing comb like the patented RID® Lice Comb can be used to help remove lice, eggs, and nits from hair. You may need to use a mirror to ensure that all hair has been combed.
  • Clean infested area thoroughly. Disinfect underwear by machine washing in hot water (above 130°F), then using hottest dryer cycle for at least 20 minutes.
  • Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry cleaned OR sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 4 weeks.

A second treatment must be done in 7–10 days to kill any newly hatched crabs.

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Body Lice Symptoms and What to Look for

  • Common symptoms of body lice infestation include severe itching and rashes caused by an allergic reaction to louse bites. Red bumps may also appear on the skin. When body lice infestation has been present for a long time, skin around the waist or groin can become thickened or discolored.
  • Body lice are typically larger than other types of lice. They can be tan, grey or white in color. Their eggs are oval and typically yellow or white in color.
  • Body lice and their eggs are generally found in the seams of clothing, particularly in the waistline and armpit area. They move to the skin to feed, then return to the seams of the clothing where they lay their eggs.

Body Lice Treatment

  • Apply RID® Lice Killing Shampoo to DRY HAIR only, until area is thoroughly wet, being careful not to allow the product to come in direct contact or penetrate mucus membranes. Use caution to apply it to the skin and hair, but avoid the anus or vaginal openings.
  • After completing application, allow product to remain for 10 minutes but no longer.
  • Add sufficient warm water to form lather. Rinse thoroughly.
  • A fine-tooth comb or a special lice/nit-removing comb like the patented RID® Lice Comb can be used to help remove lice, eggs, and nits from hair. You may need to use a mirror to ensure that all hair has been combed.
  • To get rid of body lice, disinfect clothing by machine washing in hot water (above 130°F), then using the hottest dryer cycle for at least 20 minutes. Dry clean non-washables.
  • Do not seal clothing in plastic bags because nits can remain dormant for up to 30 days.