The Crab Louse

 

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The crabs louse (also know as pubic louse, or Phthirus pubis) is a small parasitic insect that can be found in many areas of the human body - mainly in areas of hair (other than the head). It feeds by piercing the skin and sucking on small amount of blood. The crabs louse is not limited to the groin, it can be found around the anus, on the back and chest, under the arms and in moustaches, beards, eyelashes and eyebrows (facial hair). The crabs louse gets its name from the shape of its crab-like claws and legs, used to cling to hairs. The crabs louse is very small and not usually any bigger than 2 mm, making it very difficult to see. Their color can range from whitish grey through to reddish brown (which is usually after a blood meal).

Caught Crabs?
The crabs louse can cause discomfort, worry and embarrassment however; it does not usually cause any further illnesses or diseases. If you have been infected by the crabs louse, you will want to find a treatment as soon as possible and avoid passing it on to others. If you can establish who you caught the crabs louse from you should notify them and also have a check up at your local GUM (Genito-urinary Medicine) clinic. This louse can be caught via sexual intercourse, but also through close body contact, kissing an infected person with a crabs louse in their facial hair and possibly via infected bedding and towels (however the latter is unlikely).

Symptoms of Crabs
Symptoms of the crabs louse vary per person. Some may have no symptoms or signs and can then pass the parasites on to others with out knowing; however others may experience a range of signs. Itching is probably the main symptom of the crabs louse (more prominent after two weeks), but some will also suffer from red or brown marks on the skin, inflamed skin, rashes, blue spots (from bites) and small excrement/blood stains on underwear. As the crabs louse may also lay eggs in the pubic region, eggs/nits may appear. These can easily be mistaken for dandruff or dry flaky skin, but the difference is they will be stuck to the hair shafts and not easily removed.

Crabs Louse

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Crabs Treatment
Treatment for the crabs louse can be prescribed by your doctor or at the local GUM clinic. Crabs louse treatment is usually in the form of an insecticide (safe to use on the body), however these may vary in strength. Some are water-based and other alcohol based, but all are designed to do the same thing. The water-based insecticides are often opted for if the person is breast-feeding, pregnant or suffering from broken/damaged skin. You will be able to purchase products for the crabs louse on-line or over the counter at your local pharmacy, otherwise seeking advice from a local professional will allow you to find out the best product. Permethrin, Phenothrin and Malathion are all ingredients you may find in crabs louse treatments.
 

 

 

Preventing Crabs
Although there are no products that can guarantee you will not be affected by the crabs louse, you could take precautions to reduce the risk. Reducing casual sexual partners may help and also keeping away from those who you know are infected, until they have been treated and can confirm that any lice are gone. Being responsible and notifying anyone else that you may have infected will help too - the GUM clinics can contact people anonymously too, so that's always an option. The crabs louse is more common in younger sexually active adults, and although condoms may not prevent the crabs louse from infecting you, it is recommended you use them to avoid any more serious STDs.

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Crabs Louse

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