Top Reasons Pubic Lice Treatments Fail

Pubic lice are a frustrating problem, not only because of the itching and aggravation, but also because of the continual failed attempts to get rid of the problem. Pubic lice treatments don’t always work, sometimes it’s the treatment itself and other times it’s the application methods. So, let’s take a look at some of the main reasons why genital lice eradication fails and look at ways to overcome these problems.

Pubic lice have developed resistance to some products and insecticides.

Products containing primarily the chemicals Permatin, Pyrethrins, Malathion and Lindane are becoming less effective in killing pubic lice because certain colonies or strands of lice have developed resistance to these insecticides. Lice that are immune or partially immune to these chemicals will have no physical differences in appearance, so it is very difficult to know if a certain chemical treatment will work or not. If the lice continue to move after treatment, it is advisable to change the treatment (perhaps a natural remedy) and reapply 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 or eczema.

Public lice can survive light applications

A pubic lice treatment will only have a chance to work effectively if the product comes in 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 on long enough. To eliminate this as the cause of a failed treatment, be sure to saturate each 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 which are commonly known as nits. It is extremely difficult for any treatment to guarantee a 100% kill rate on all lice eggs in an infestation. Female lice lay 2-3 eggs per day (attached to the hair) and 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 infestation. It is very important to reapply the product 7 days after the first treatment to kill any remaining lice before they reach the reproductive stage. It is also important to comb the area with a nit comb repeatedly right after treatment to remove as many eggs as possible.

Pubic lice reinfection

Once you’ve eliminated the infestation, you really need to attack the source to make sure it doesn’t come back. The problem is in tracing the possible points of contact. Pubic lice are mainly contracted through sexual intercourse with an infected partner or through infected bedding and/or clothing. Make sure your sexual partner and/or partners receive treatment and do not resume sexual intercourse until follow-up treatments are given. Also make sure all bedding and clothing is sprayed (if possible) with a diluted version of your treatment and then washed or soaked in extremely hot (125o F) water.

Public 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, sticky and hard to handle, or stings and burns the skin when applied, the users experience probably doesn’t lend itself to a comprehensive treatment. Many people have sensitive skin, and it doesn’t get more sensitive than in the muzzle area and with it an aversion to harsh chemical treatments. Inflamed rashes and intense burning may occur with repeated doses. Use a treatment that is safe for your skin type. Suitability equals effectiveness.

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

Remember that traditional chemical treatments are not for everyone. If you have eczema, asthma, dry skin, flaky skin, or any type of skin sensitivity, mild or not, I suggest using a natural essential oil-based treatment.

Neem oil and tea tree oil are the most common active ingredients. Neem oil can be as effective as any chemical on the market (it kills all parasites in the body within a few minutes) and is completely safe when used with a carrier agent like jojoba or grapeseed oil. For a complete prescription, visit

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