Pubic lice, or crabs, are small parasites found in the pubic hair called Phthirus pubis. They are different to head lice. Pubic lice is spread by direct skin-to-skin contact including sexual activity, and contact with towels, underclothing or bedding of an infected person. Condoms and dams do not protect against pubic lice.
Signs and symptoms:
Itching in the pubic hair and/or visible eggs or lice.
Direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person and oral, anal or vaginal sex.
Your doctor or pharmacist will prescribe insecticide lotions or shampoos. All bed linen, towels and clothing must be washed in hot water. You do not need to shave your pubic hair.
Condoms and dams do not protect you against pubic lice.
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