Pubic Lice

What Is It?

Pubic lice or crabs are small crab like creatures which can live in pubic hair

How Is It Passed On?

Pubic lice are usually passed on through sexual contact. They can be passed on through close physical contact.

What Are The Symptoms?

Pubic lice causes itchy skin and black powder appears in underwear caused by mite droppings. White eggs can be found on affected area.

How Is It Treated?

For pubic lice the skin may be examined. Pubic lice are easily treated with special shampoo or lotion. These kill the mites or lice. To avoid re-infection, close partners or sexual partners should also be treated. Pubic lice do not cause any long term health problems.

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