Pubic "Crabs" Lice

STI's

Description

Pubic lice are 1.1–1.8 mm long. They are normally attached to pubic hair.

Signs/Symptoms

Severe itching in genital area, areas include-legs, chest, armpit, beard/mustache, eyelashes/eyebrows(more commonly in children), itching is worse at night, skin can turn blue/gray color, sores, may not start 2-4 weeks after contact

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Treatment

Over-The-Counter and prescription medications, (malathion, ivermectin, lindane, eye treatments)


Ways to Prevent

Avoid sexual contact with anyone who has “crabs”, don’t share clothing or bedding with anyone who has “crabs”, keep bedding and clothing clean, if you try on swimwear keep your underwear on