Pubic Lice (Crabs)

Pubic Lice (Crabs) are small parasitic insects that live in hair of the pubic area, abdomen, chest, underarms and legs.


  • Sexual contact with an infected partner.
  • Close physical contact.
  • Sharing bedding and towels.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Itching.
  • Sometimes the lice are visible on the skin.
  • Lice droppings in underwear that looks like black powder.
  • Nits (eggs) on the hair.


They are easily treated using a special lotion prescribed by a doctor, or available from a pharmacy. Any sexual partner(s) should also be treated. It is advisable to avoid any sexual contact until treatment is completed.