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Pubic Lice Treatments

You can get rid of pubic lice with a patient, thorough approach that involves cleaning yourself and any personal belongings that may be contaminated. These steps may help you eliminate lice infestations:

# Use lotions and shampoos
Choose from among several over-the-counter lotions and shampoos (Nix, Rid, others) designed to kill lice. Apply the product according to instructions. You may need to repeat treatment in seven to 10 days.

# Wash contaminated items
Wash bedding, clothing and towels used in the two days prior to treatment with hot, soapy water — at least 130 F (54 C) — and dry them at high heat for at least 20 minutes.

# Dry-clean or seal un-washable items
If you can’t wash an item, have it dry-cleaned or place it in an airtight bag for two weeks.

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