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Crabs (Overview)

Crab lice is a colloquial term for pubic lice, or the infection of pubic hair by the louse parasite that feeds on human blood. The main symptom is itching.


Crabs (Overview)

Crab lice is a colloquial term for pubic lice, or the infection of pubic hair by the louse parasite that feeds on human blood. The main symptom is itching.


Brittany Chan Dr. Chan
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What is the difference between crabs and pubic lice?

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They're the same.: Pubic lice are commonly referred to as "crabs" or crab lice. The scientific name is phthirus pubis. ...Read more

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Crabs (Tip)

Check eye lashes and scalp. Pubic lice can be everywhere. Treat all contacts and clothing. ...See more

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How can I confirm when pubic lice (crabs) are fully gone?

How can I confirm when pubic lice (crabs) are fully gone?

Examination: The skin has to be examined to be sure that the organisms are gone. They lay eggs for a followup after treatment is essential. ...Read more

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Is it possible get crabs (pubic lice) from someone who doesn't think she has them?

Difficult to answer: Well, if someone truly does not have crabs then that person cannot give crabs to someone else. However, if that person is not telling the truth and actually has crabs then certainly it can be spread to others. ...Read more

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Dr. Jovita Anyanwu Dr. Anyanwu
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Crabs (Tip)

Shave all pubic hair before treatment. ...See more

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Would you be infested by crabs (pubic lice) if you had them for a few months? Would you be able to tell you had them??

Would you be infested by crabs (pubic lice) if you had them for a few months? Would you be able to tell you had them??

Pubic 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. Blue spots may show on the skin where the lice have been feeding. Nits (eggs) may noted on the pubic hairs. Lice can cause significant itching. ...Read more

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Dr. Deborah Ungerleider Dr. Ungerleider
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Crabs (Tip)

They are most commonly transmitted through sexual activity and are different from head lice. ...See more

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How to get rid of crabs/pubic lice?

Pubic lice: The most effective approach is to retreat lice. The reason is that not all pediculicides kill the eggs. It is best to retreat in the window when the eggs have hatched into nymphs but are not yet hatching new eggs. There are however, some pediculicides which are strongly ovicidal. ...Read more

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I have been prescribed selsun shampoo (2.5% selenium sulphide) by a doctor for having pubic lice or crabs. Will it work?

Pubic lice: A lice-killing lotion containing 1% Permethrin or a mousse containing pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide can be used to treat pubic lice. These are available otc without a prescription, are safe and effective when used according to instructions in the package. Am unaware of evidence that selenium is effective against these critters, but am always willing to learn. ...Read more

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How did I get pubic lice?

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Intimate contact.: Pubic lice are usually spread via sexual contact. Though less likely, it is also possible to transmit pubic lice via personal items such as towels, clothes, or bedsheets. ...Read more

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How can I treat pubic lice?

Many things: First visit your doctor for proper treatment (scabicide) and advice about preventing a recurrence. Next boil or dry clean sheets, pillow cases, blankets, or any clothing exposed to the lice. Don't forget luggage). Finally, be sure all contacts/environments are treated simultaneously. These infestations usually occur in crowded settings such as barracks or camps. ...Read more

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How would I know I have pubic lice?

How would I know I have pubic lice?

Itching and bugs: You would have had to have had exposure to someone infected too. If you have been exposed it is better to treat than not to treat. ...Read more

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Crab lice left me with a bad reputation?

Crab lice left me with a bad reputation?

Assume that means: that you transmitted pubic lice to someone else? If yes, treat it. Recommend mongomous relationships & not putting your reputation on the line. Take care. ...Read more

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Can there be pubic lice in my bedsheets?

Can there be pubic lice in my bedsheets?

Pediculosis pubis: Is the name for crabs infesting the pubic area. Crabs (lice) often live in the pubic area or near the anus. The can also live in the hair or eye lashes. The lice’s saliva can cause a person to become very itchy, which is usually worse at night. There may be spots on skin that look bluish gray where the lice has bitten. Sores can develop when skin is scratched. The diagnosis is made by identifying. ...Read more

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I might crab lice, how do I look to know?

Pubic lice: A pubic lice infestation is diagnosed by finding a "crab" louse or egg (nit) on hair in the pubic region or, less commonly, elsewhere on the body (eyebrows, eyelashes, beard, mustache, armpit, perianal area, groin, trunk, scalp). Pubic lice may be difficult to find because there may be only a few. ...Read more

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How do I tell her I might have pubic lice?

How do I tell her I might have pubic lice?

Pubic lice: Pubic lice are tiny insects that live on the pubic hairs, and climb down onto the skin to take a blood meal. You may see tiny specks of blood on your underwear or sheets, and if you look carefully, you may see the tiny gray creatures attached to the hairs. They are not easy to diagnose, so you should make sure you have them before you tell your female friend, . You must both be treated by a doctor. ...Read more

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