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what is crabs?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Parasites: Transferred by close proximity.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Crabs: The pubic louse (phthirus pubis) is also given the slang name of crabs. It is about 1/16th of an inch in size ; when magnified looks like a crab. It is most commonly spread during sexual intercourse. It is a different organism then the lice that infect the hair or the body. Blue spots may show on the skin where the lice have been feeding. Nits (eggs) may noted on the pubic hairs.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Do crabs carry disease?

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Dr. Thomas Byrnes
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Not typically: Crabs are an infestation, usually, but not always sexually transmitted. The intense itching will usually drive people to seek evaluation and treatment. Scratching of the itch can cause a secondary bacterial skin infection. Contracting any std markedly increased your risk of having other std's, even if the "crabs" don't carry the other disease, you can catch more than one at a time.
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Can a 64 year old get crabs?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Yes: Anyone can get crabs.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How are crabs passed on?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Direct skin contact: Should you meet these creatures, have you and the special person or persons in your life all wash down with an appropriate total-body shampoo and leave it on for the appropriate length of time. There's no long-term danger.
A 47-year-old member asked:

What are the negative effects of having the crabs?

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Dr. Joel Gallant
Infectious Disease 36 years experience
Itching: Itching, and the possibility that you'll give them to someone else.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Can you get crabs on your eyelashes?

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Dr. Ziad Akl
Dr. Ziad Akl answered
Infectious Disease 31 years experience
Yes: Lice can infest the eyelashes.

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