Pubic lice

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.

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 ofDecember 12, 2018

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

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