How do I treat crabs?

The best way to deal with an outbreak of pubic lice (also known as crabs) is a thorough spring clean of linen and clothing, as well as applying specialized lotion or shampoo to the affected area. Any current partner(s) and housemates should also be treated and notified.

How do I prevent catching crabs?

Where possible it is a good idea to avoid bodily contact with anyone who is known to have pubic lice, as well as avoid sharing things with them such as bedding, towels and clothing.
While removing hair can contribute to a reduction in pubic lice, it will not get rid of them. However if you are diligent with pubic lice treatment shampoos as well as washing bedding, towels or clothing that has come into contact with the infected area or person, you can deal with the issue quickly and decrease any chance of passing it on. This process may have to be repeated to avoid reinfection.

What are the symptoms of crabs?

Symptoms of public lice can include inflammation, irritation and/or intense itchiness in and around the pubic area. Remember minor skin irritations in the genital area are also quite common, so don't rush to the assumption that any itch is related to pubic lice. For peace of mind, visit your local doctor or Marie Stopes International clinic, as a close inspection by a healthcare professional will confirm if pubic lice are present or not.

What is crabs?

Pubic lice (also referred to as crabs) are tiny parasitic insects found in the genital areas as well as in other parts of the body. They live in pubic and body hair and are transmitted through close body contact usually during sex. Pubic lice can also be transmitted by sharing bedding, towels or clothing with an infected person. Symptoms and signs can usually be expected several weeks after initial contact.