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Pubic Lice (Crabs)

Description:

They are tiny insects, like head lice, that live in pubic or body hair.

Effects:

  • The itching will continue and get worse
  • You can pass it on to your sexual partner(s)

Cause:

  • Close body contact with an infected person
  • Rarely, infected bed linen or clothes may pass on the lice

Symptoms:

  • Itching in your pubic hair
  • You may be able to see the lice

Treatment:

  • It can be treated with creams and lotions – for you and your partner(s)
  • You can buy these at a chemist, however, you should also have a full STI check

Prevention:

  • Don’t have intimate sexual contact
  • Using condoms may not protect you against pubic lice

(Source: Health Service Executive (HSE), 2007)