Human infestation with pubic lice


  • Ankush Maheshwary MBBS Student, Mrs. Khushbir Kalra Memorial Hospital, Amritsar, Punjab



Pthirius pubis, Pubic lice, Crabs, Permethrin, Presentation, Treatment


Pediculosis pubis is caused by Phthirus pubis (diptera: anoplura) commonly known as crab louse, an obligatory ectoparasite, found on human hair and requires human blood to survive. Pubic lice can be found on pubic hair, underarms, thigh and leg hair, beard and rarely on eyebrows and eyelashes. They are rarely found on scalp hair. Spread of lice occurs mostly by sexual contact but spread via non-sexual contact although rare has also been reported. I present the case of a middle-aged woman with pubic lice. No lice/nits were found in underarm hair, eyebrows or eyelashes. A review of literature is enclosed.

Author Biography

Ankush Maheshwary, MBBS Student, Mrs. Khushbir Kalra Memorial Hospital, Amritsar, Punjab

I have graduated from the prestigious government medical college, Amritsar in 2018 and have since been working as a Medical officer in a private institution


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