After being exposed to pubic lice, a type of lice that are most commonly found in the pubic region, it may take several days or even weeks before you first begin to notice symptoms. In fact, some people with pubic lice do not notice any symptoms.
Generally speaking, women and men experience the same signs and symptoms. These include:
- Itching in the pubic area (this can range from mild to intense itching)
- Small blue spots on the upper thighs, pubic region or lower abdomen
- Small but visible white oval-shaped eggs (nits) that are usually attached to the base of a hair
- Black or dark brown powder (lice droppings) in your underwear or on your pubic area
- Irritation in the area from scratching
If you have lice or suspect you may have lice, it is recommended that you visit a doctor in order to be properly diagnosed and treated. Your doctor also may also recommend that you be tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
What are pubic lice?
Diagnosing pubic lice
Treating pubic lice
Sources: Sexual Health; US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention; NHS Choices