You may have heard of Pubic Lice, but many people are not sure what they are. Pubic Lice are tiny insects that attach themselves to the skin and hair in the pubic area. They are also called "crabs".
People do not usually get any symptoms until having Pubic Lice for about five days. Some people never get symptoms. When symptoms do appear, they may include: intense itching in the genitals or anus, mild fever, feeling run-down, irritability, the presence of lice or small egg sacs, which are called nits, in pubic hair.
You can carefully examine your own pubic hair for lice and nits (egg sacs). If you are uncertain whether you are infested, or treatment is unsuccessful, you should visit a doctor for a formal diagnosis.
If the doctor diagnoses Pubic Lice, you may be prescribed medication or told to buy an over-the-counter medicine that kills the lice and their eggs. The important thing to remember is that the treatment you use may need to be repeated after 7 to 10 days to kill any lice you didn't get the first time. And anyone who is treated for Pubic Lice should be tested for other STI's as well.
To prevent Pubic Lice infestation, avoid having sexual contact or sharing bedding or clothing with anyone who has an infestation. If you are being treated for Pubic Lice, all sexual partners must also be treated.
Last updated April 16, 2016