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Do crabs carry disease?

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Dr. Thomas Byrnes
Family Medicine
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dermatology

In brief: Not typically

Lice infestations can result in secondary bacterial infections due to scratching.

In brief: Not typically

Lice infestations can result in secondary bacterial infections due to scratching.
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