Pubic Crabs

Below you will find more information about Pubic Crabs from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Pubic Crabs it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Pubic Crabs and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Pubic Crabs comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.


Pubic crabs, also known as crab lice or pubic lice, are parasitic insects that thrive on a person's pubic area. The lice cause irritation and itchiness due to bites and scratches, and the wounds due to scratching may lead to infections or typhus.


Diagnosis is done by mere observation of the presence of pubic crabs on the patient.


Eliminating pubic crabs is by proper hygiene and disinfectant pubic wash. Sheets and blankets also have to be properly washed or kept in airtight plastic bags for two weeks to prevent breeding of eggs.

Symptoms and Signs

The main symptom of this condition is the presence of lice on the pubic areas of a person. Itchiness and scratch wounds are likely to occur eventually.


The presence of pubic crabs is due to poor hygienic practices. Also, one may contract pubic crabs during sexual contact with and infected partner, or sleeping on the sheets where the parasites are present.

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