Pubic Lice/Crabs

Andrew Useche TB2

What are pubic lice?

Pubic lice, also known as Crabs are a type of bloodsucking insects that usually fester among pubic hair, leaving large, yellow egg sacks. A cartoon representation of the lice can be found to the right.


Pubic lice are transmitting in the same mediums as the common lice are. They pass through pubic hair, usually during sexual intercourse, or through the clothing of someone that has pubic lice.


There are only a couple of symptoms that come from having pubic lice, intense itching and yellow egg sacs, called "nits", around the pubic region.


Crabs are treated by using prescribed medication that can kill and lice along with their eggs, or a "Nit comb", a specialized comb that can get rid of nits. Clothing and other textiles may also need to be cleaned with hot water or dry cleaning.


Condoms may be able to assist in preventing the spread of crabs, but really, there is no way to properly prevent them; detect the infestation sooner rather and later.