Pubic Lice (Crabs)

licePubic Lice are parasites that can be sexually transmitted infections in men and women.

Transmission

Pubic Lice are transmitted through direct skin to skin contact. Pubic Lice are only found on the genital area, but can be transmitted through indirect skin contact by sharing wet, used towels or loofa sponges. Using a condom or dental dam during sexual contact can reduce the chance of transmission.

Symptoms & Complications

Pubic Lice burrow underneath the skin to cause a red, itchy, burning, skin infection.

Testing

If you are experiencing symptoms or think you’ve been exposed to Pubic lice, it’s very important to get tested. Medical providers will exam the affected area and are able to see the mites on the skin and diagnose the infection.

Treatment

Pubic Lice are curable and treatable with medicated cream and shampoo. It’s important to apply the entire course of medication, even if symptoms go away.

Learn More

For detailed information on each infection, check of the Center for Disease Control. You can also ask us an anonymous question right on our website. If you are experiencing symptoms of an STI, think you’ve been exposed to an STI, or want to talk to a professional, call Teen Clinic to make an appointment with a qualified health care provider.