Pubic Lice – ‘Crabs’ – An STD Caused by Mites

Pubic Lice - CrabsHow do you get Pubic Lice/How can you get ‘Crabs’? Pubic Lice Causes:

Pubic lice are sometimes known as ‘crabs’. The condition is caused by a very tiny parasitic mite that settles in the pubic hair and feeds on human blood.

Pubic lice are usually spread through sexual contact (and latex barriers – such as condoms – usually do not prevent these as they live in the pubic hair and not the genitals), but they can also, be spread through bed linens, towels, or clothes, because lice can live for 24 hours off of the human body.

It is unlikely lice can be spread through toilet seats as their feet are not designed to walk or hold on to smooth surfaces.

How to tell if you have ‘Crabs’? Pubic Lice Symptoms:

The primary symptom of pubic lice is unmistakable: severe and constant itching in the pubic area, within about 5 days of infection. Some people also get blue spots where they were bitten. Scratching the itchy areas may spread the lice to other parts of the body that course body hair, such as the legs, armpits, mustache or beard, eyebrows, or eyelashes.

How to know if you have ‘Crabs’? Pubic Lice Tests:

Pubic lice can be self-diagnosed, but not easily, as pubic lice can be confused with other sorts of mites. A doctor can best diagnose with a skin sample and a microscope.

Relief spells (Rolaids?!) ‘Crabs’ Treatment:

Lotions and shampoos that will kill pubic lice are available from a doctor or a pharmacy. Anything that might have lice on it will also need to be cleaned: dirty clothes, bed linens, towels, and the like need to be washed in very hot water.

If something can’t be washed, it needs to be put in a plastic bag for two weeks to kill the lice and keep them from hopping onto another body in the meantime.

Calamine lotion or hydrocortisone creams can relieve itching.

What’s going to happen to me?!!?! Pubic Lice Expectations:

It’s common to still be itchy for a bit after treatment.

Things to be aware of… Pubic Lice Complications:

Pubic lice do not cause anything more than discomfort and inconvenience, although people who scratch the bites may get bacterial infections or cause scarring.

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