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What is the difference between crabs and pubic lice?

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Brittany Chan
Pediatrics
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In brief: They're the same.

Pubic lice are commonly referred to as "crabs" or crab lice.
The scientific name is phthirus pubis.

In brief: They're the same.

Pubic lice are commonly referred to as "crabs" or crab lice.
The scientific name is phthirus pubis.
Brittany Chan
Brittany Chan
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Different names

Pediculosis pubis is the name for crabs/ lice infesting the pubic area.
Crabs (lice) often live in the pubic area or near the anus.

In brief: Different names

Pediculosis pubis is the name for crabs/ lice infesting the pubic area.
Crabs (lice) often live in the pubic area or near the anus.
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