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Pubic itching can be very aggravating and excruciating, causing extreme discomfort and embarrassment for individuals on whom it develops. One of the most common reasons for pubic itching is pubic lice, also called crabs. This is a sexually transmitted disease that can be difficult to eliminate without the use of medication. But poor hygiene can also cause milder cases of pubic itching that are more easily relieved. Regardless of the cause, you should be able to find a solution to pubic itching in just a few days.

Evaluate Contact Surfaces

Pubic itching can result from several different sources of agitation that come in contact with your pubic region. Certain fabrics may cause discomfort or reactions on the skin that exacerbate itching in the pubic hair. Laundry detergents and vaginal deodorants may also cause a reaction, according to, as can panty-liners. If you notice a trend of itching related to what you wear or apply to your skin, cease use of these products and determine a safer, itch-free alternative. You may be able to find hypoallergenic products that will put an end to your itching.

Hydrocortisone Cream

Hydrocortisone cream is a common anti-itching medication that can be applied to the skin, including the pubic region. A simple 1-percent solution can be obtained at a low-cost over-the-counter and can soothe itching and inflammation in the region. This is effective in treating isolated itching problems, but if your itching is due to a chronic problem like pubic lice, you will have to find a more permanent solution.

Prescription Shampoo

Several prescription shampoos are available to kill off pubic lice, according to the National Institutes of Health. To use these shampoos, rub the shampoo into your dry pubic hair thoroughly for five minutes or more. Rinse well, then comb the pubic hair with a fine-toothed comb to separate lice eggs from the hair--if the eggs are not removed, more lice will grow and your problems will continue.


After shampooing your hair, rinsing your hair with vinegar prior to combing it can help loosen lice eggs, making them easier to remove. Dab a cloth in vinegar and use it to wipe down locks of your hair, repeating until all the hair is soaked with vinegar. Let the vinegar sit in the hair for a few minutes, then dry off with a cloth and comb the hair.

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