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Pubic Lice

Pubic lice, also known as crabs, are insects that crawl from one persons pubic hair to another persons pubic hair during sexual contact. You do not have to have sex to catch pubic lice.

Pubic lice will lay eggs and will make your pubic hair itch about a week after you have caught them. You might be able to see the insects or their eggs (tiny yellow blobs) if you look closely at your pubic hair a week or two after you have caught them.

Other than make you itch, crabs will continue to lay eggs (about 30 each time) and you will have loads of them crawling around until you get treated.

How can pubic lice be treated?

  • We can give you something to kill them. You will need to use it twice. Once straight away and then about 7-10 days later to catch any lice that have hatched and were not killed the first time.
  • Your partner needs to be treated.
  • All the sheets need to be washed at a high temperature. That is because the lice can live for a while on the bedding.

Condoms will not help protect you against pubic lice as they do not cover your pubic hair.