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A female asked:

I just went to the toilet and went to flush there was a tiny black bug crawling around i have also had symptoms of itching and swelling is this crabs?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 60 years experience
Unlikely: Crabs or Pubic lice are VERY VEY tiny usually clear (no color) or white...That bug was probably an "incidental" creature from outside your bathroom! Hope this helps! Dr Z
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Very doubtful: The pubic louse (Phthirus pubis) is about 1 to 2 mm in length & when magnified looks like a crab. It is wingless, tan to grayish-white, flattened dorsoventrally, has 3 clawed sets of legs & a head which is significantly smaller than the rest of the body. Pubic lice look different than head or body lice. They don’t have the capacity to move on smooth surfaces.
Last updated Nov 3, 2018


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