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Complete necessary information about crabs

Crabs can also be called pthirus pubis, pubic lice or pediculosis pubis. If you want to know how one can catch crabs, what its symptoms are and how the doctor diagnoses it, you can enter our website and find out.

Crabs also called pubic lice, pediculosis pubis, pthirus pubis.

Pubic lice, also known as crabs are small parasitic insects that infect the pubic hair in the genital region where they lay their eggs and produce itching in the same area.

The bite of the louse can sometimes causes an allergic reaction as a consequence.

The main way to get lice is through sexual intercourse, therefore, is considered a sexually transmitted disease.

In the case of an adolescent or child having lice, it can indicate that they have partaken in sexual activity, it can be suspected that they have been sexually abused or on rare occasions it can be contracted through swapping clothes with someone who has had contact with the lice.

The life of the louse passes through three phases:

- 1st phase: egg, the eggs of the crab louse.

- 2nd phase: nymphal, the Young crab louse.

- 3rd phase: adult.

It is important to mention that of all the sexually transmitted infections and diseases, crabs is one of the least aggressive.

Crabs: who can catch crabs

There are people who are more prone than others to getting infected with crabs. These people can be:

- Adolescents who have a very active sex life.

- Those who have various sexual partners.

- Those who have contact with an infected person

- Those who share underwear or a bed with an infected person.

Crabs: symptoms

It is possible to get crab lice without showing any symptoms.

When the symptoms of crabs exist they are easy to recognise because as they feed themselves on blood they produce itching in the skin, itching which can cause irritation or even skin infections.

Crabs: diagnosis and treatment

The diagnosis of the crab lice is done by visual identification. The doctor will give you a physical examination and can find the lice.

The treatment to get rid of the lice is a course of shampoos, creams and there are also some medicines which can be prescribed by the doctor.

In the momento of the aplication of the treatment for the lice it is recommended to wash all of your towels, as with the rest of your clothes in very hot water. Those items which can’t be washed with hot water can be put in marked, sealed plastic bags and left without use for about 15 days.

The prognosis is not serious, but as its transmission is through sex, your doctor should do other tests in order to rule out any other sexually transmitted diseases or infections (STDs or STIs)

Prevention of crabs

Crabs doesn’t really have many ways of being prevented but some of them can be:

- Maintain good normal hygiene.

- Remember that condoms or female condoms have are not effective in the prevention as they don’t cover the pubic hair.

- Maintain safe sexual relations avoiding promiscuity.

- Avoid having sexual relations with anyone who has got crabs and also avoid them if you are infected.