Crabs (pubic lice)

Crabs are very small insects which can infect the genital skin and cause itching. Crabs are not the same as the lice found in the scalp.
Crab lice are common and can be transmitted by close bodily contact.

Symptoms
The main symptom of crabs is itching in the genital area. Sometimes it is possible to see them in the pubic hair.

Treatment
Pubic lice shampoo can be bought over-the-counter at pharmacies. Sexual partners should also be treated.
Bedding and clothing should be machine washed or removed from body contact for 72 hours.

This page was last updated at 11:18AM on August 16, 2021.