Pubic Lice is a frustrating problem, not only the itching and aggravation but also the continuing failed attempts to get rid of the problem. Pubic lice treatments do not always work, sometimes it’s the treatment itself and sometimes it’s the methods of application. So let’s take a look some of the main reasons that genital lice eradication fails and look at the ways to overcome these problems

Pubic Lice have developed a resistance to some products and insecticides.

Products that contain mainly the chemicals, Permathin, Pyrethrins, Malathion and Lindane are becoming less effective in killing pubic lice because certain colonies or strands of lice have built up a resistance to these insecticides. Lice that are immune or partially immune to these chemicals will no physical differences in appearance so it’s very hard to tell if a certain chemical treatment will work or not. If lice are still moving around after treatment, it is advisable to change treatments (perhaps a natural remedy) and re-apply immediately. Many manufacturers of these products are increasing the potency of the active ingredient to overcome this problem, however this can create problems and side effects for a user with sensitive skin conditions or eczema.

Pubic lice can survive light applications

A pubic lice treatment will only have a chance to work effectively if the product comes into full contact with the parasite. Lack of exposure to the product can be caused in two ways. Not applying enough product and/or not leaving the product in for long enough. To eliminate this as the cause for an unsuccessful treatment, be sure to saturate every hair from tip to root, and always leave the product in for at least the recommended time, longer if possible. Be sure to comb out tangled hair first as this will provide pockets of protection for the parasite or its eggs.

Pubic Lice eggs (Nits)

Female crabs lay eggs that are commonly known as nits. It is extremely difficult for any treatment to guaranty a 100% kill rate on all lice eggs in an infestation. Female lice lay 2-3 eggs per day (attached to the hair) which take about a week to hatch. These babies (nymphs) become reproductive adults in about 15 days. Therefore any eggs that survive the first treatment will hatch and continue the life cycle and the infestation. It is extremely important to re apply the product 7 days after the first treatment to kill the remaining lice before they reach the reproductive stage. It is also important to comb the area with a Nit comb repeatedly just after treatment to get rid of as many eggs as possible.

Pubic Lice Re-infection

Once you have eliminated the infestation, you really need to attack the source to make sure that they do not return. The problem is in tracing the likely contact points. Pubic lice are contracted primarily from sexual intercourse with an infected partner or from infected bed linen and/or clothing. Make sure that your sexual partner and/or partners are treated and do not resume sexual relations until follow up treatments are administered. Also make sure that all bed linen and clothes are (if possible) sprayed with a diluted version of your treatment and then washed or soaked in extremely hot water (125o F)

Pubic lice Treatment ease of use.

Finally, there are certain characteristics of the product itself that can limit its effectiveness. If a product smells really bad or is sticky, gooey and hard to manage, or stings and burns your skin on application, it is likely that the users experience will not lend towards a comprehensive treatment. Many people have sensitive skin, and it does not get more sensitive than in the groin area and with it an aversion to harsh chemical treatments. Intense burning and inflamed rashes can result with repeated doses. Use a treatment that is safe for your skin type. Suitability equals effectiveness.

So if you have a case of the ‘luvbugs’ be sure to treat the infestation with some attention to detail. You know how frustrating something is that just won’t go away!! Follow these simple tips and you should be free of pubic lice in no time.

Remember that traditional chemical treatments are not for everyone. If you have eczema, asthma, dry skin, flaky skin, or any kind of skin sensitivity, mild or otherwise, I strongly suggest you use a natural treatment made up of essential oils.

Neem oil and tee tree oil are the most common active ingredients. Neem oil can be just as effective as any chemical on the market (kills all body parasites in a few minutes) and is completely safe when used with a carrier agent like jojoba, or grape seed oil. For a full recipe visit

Good Luck

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