Pubic lice

Pubic lice in top band of underwear, with close-up of louse and eggs (nits)

Pubic lice ("louse" for just one) are usually found on or near the genitals but may also be found in facial hair, eyelashes, eyebrows, armpits, chest hair, and even on the scalp. They are spread mainly through sexual contact. But they can also be spread through clothing or towels.

Current as of: August 22, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine

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