|Crabs (Pubic Lice)|
What Is It?
Crabs are small insects, similar to head lice, with crab like claws, which allow them to hold on tight to pubic hair. Although crabs are particularly fond of pubic hair, they can also live in armpits and even eyebrows and eyelashes and other forms of facial hair. They are big enough to see, although because they live in pubic hair they often go unnoticed.
Itching which is continual and gets worse. Sometimes you may notice black spots in your underwear (crab poo). On occasion you may see some lice.
Crabs are most commonly transmitted through sex; any form of body contact is an opportunity for them, such as cuddling.
There is really no way of avoiding getting crabs if you are unlucky enough to encounter them. Crabs are like head lice, they go where they want to go.
If you contract crabs you should avoid sex until they have been cleared.
Crabs are quite easy to get rid of by using lotions, these are available over the counter at a chemist.