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Are there alternative treatments for crab lice or pubic lice?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Although the surest way to end an infestation of pubic lice is with special shampoos, a variety of home remedies may complement the treatment and make sure the lice infestation doesn't come back. Washing your pubic hair with vinegar or using a vinegar-soaked towel to wipe down pubic hair may help remove lice eggs. Eggs can also be removed with a specialized fine-toothed comb, tweezers, or fingernails. Shaving or cutting hair short in the genital area can help you find lice for removal more easily.

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