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Are pubic lice noticeable? What are the symptoms ?

Are pubic lice noticeable? What are the symptoms ?

Phthirus pubis: 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. ...Read more

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Body Lice (Definition)

Body lice (pediculus humanus corporis) are similar to head lice. These are tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and can spread certain infections. Generally these are found in the homeless or those who are ...Read more


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I'm suffer from allergy symptoms from the scalp does pubic lice cause this?

I'm suffer from allergy symptoms from the scalp does pubic lice cause this?

No...: If you have lice in you scalp, then you can blame them for being itchy. Lice only in the pubic area will not affect your scalp at all. You don't have to live with lice - treat today and you shouldn't have to worry about it any further. The treatments can be a bit harsh on the skin, but in a few days (if you happened to get skin irritation) that should resolve. ...Read more

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What is the difference between crabs and pubic lice?

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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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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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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Pediculosis (Definition)

Pediculosis is a condition in which a person has lice, a blood-feeding insect, on his or her body. Lice may be present in the head, body, or pubic area, and can be spread by contact between people. Itching ...Read more


Crabs (Definition)

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. ...Read more