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Pubic Lice: More Common Than You Think

I know this is a pretty nauseating topic, but wouldn't you agree that it's better to talk about something gross than to have something gross? If so, listen up, because public lice, also known as crabs, affects more than 6,500 people a year. The best way to prevent yourself from being one of those people is to know the facts.

The most common way pubic lice can get passed is through sexual contact, but it's not the only way. Even though these creatures feed on human blood and need a host to live off of, they can also survive up to 48 hours off a human. That means they can be lurking on someone's sheets or clothes, so even if you don't end up going all the way, any close contact with something the infected person has touched can infect you as well.

What are the symptoms of crabs and how can you get rid of them? To find out


Pubic lice makes your lady business itch like mad, and if you take a close look, you may see red marks where the little buggers have bitten. You may also see nits (eggs) on your hair, which look like whitish dots. To add insult to injury, there may be little tan or grayish bugs in your pubic area or on other coarse hair such as your eyelashes or eyebrows.

To get rid of crabs, you must wash the infected area with some pretty strong lice-killing shampoo called pediculicide (found at most drug stores). This will kill the bugs, but the nits will need to be removed one by one. Treatment may need to be repeated in seven to ten days, and in the meantime, you need to wash all the bedding and clothing you've touched during the three days before you started treatment. This is not something you want to deal with, so before getting intimate with someone, make sure he's clean and infection-free.


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Poster-of-a-Girl Poster-of-a-Girl 9 years
Sadly, apparently shaving will not do the trick: "shaving all your hair does not get rid of the pubic lice on its own. Aside from the fact that there are certain areas in your pubic region that are nigh-impossible to shave, pubic lice are a tenacious lot, grasping on to even the tiniest stubble they can find. Shaving will only make you feel uncomfortable (and make you prone to more itching), becoming more trouble than it’s worth. It is, however, alright to trim your hair down, just to ensure that you will have less area to cover. The only way to get rid of pubic lice (and every other type of lice, for that matter) is to kill them and their eggs in masse."
omlove omlove 9 years
lol at some of the comments :rofl: Wow...I never knew about crabs. The topic totally put me off but some of the comments have me laughing now.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
OMG Sporky that is hilarious. I would be completely mortified to get crabs, it's probably the most embarrassing STD even if it is easily cured. I never thought about the clothes thing either and that really grosses me out. You can also get rid of crabs by shaving your pubic hair off completely. There is no where for the thing to live. I learned that in school haha.
dollhouse1 dollhouse1 9 years
lol LICE*
dollhouse1 dollhouse1 9 years
are the lies like BIG enuff to be seen with the naked eye???? if so then i would just have to turn the cloths inside out and check for lies before tryin them on.
silly_pickle silly_pickle 9 years
When I first saw the title I thought it said "Public Lice"! I was thinking it was something about catching lice in your hair from trying on hats or something. Proves to me that pubic lice is not something I think about, but should. I also want to know what store steams their clothes after people try them on. I shop in some nice stores (Neimans, Saks, Bloomies) and always see them throw the stuff back on the rack. Always kind of grosses me out.
darkangel2305 darkangel2305 9 years
WOW looseseal, what kind of nice clothing stores do you shop at?? I've worked at a store, known many people that work at different stores + watched employees put the closes DIRECTLY from the "I don't want it" rack to the regular racks inside the store in about 99% of all store i've visited... :(
looseseal looseseal 9 years
Clothing stores steam the stuff people try on before putting them back on the racks. Okay not all of them do, I guess for the ones that don't, you could keep a little bottle of disinfectant with you and spray everything fabric down in a light mist of the stuff before coming in contact with it. Okay that sounds like overkill. Maybe I can just take this as another reason to not go clothes-shopping for a while until I get this stuff out of my head. (yay, way to save money!)
Beaner Beaner 9 years
Head lice and crabs are NOT the same bug. So lice from your head can't get into your crotch. Also, I used to work in a preschool, and lice was so common, especially in the winter months. One parent was so fed up that she shaved her son's head. Everyone knew that he was the one who had lice, but they went away. If I ever got crabs, I'd definitely shave down there. Yipes!
merie33 merie33 9 years
EW! Head lice in third grade was enough for me!!
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 9 years
Ick!! I've never had 'em and hopefully never will! A long time ago my old roommate got them. She went to a bike race with some friends and stayed at one of their parents houses who had a teenage daughter that was out of town that weekend. Well, my friend had the misfortune of sleeping in her bed and got them! Ickity ick ick!!! That's so gross!
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 9 years
scary!!! I was with my guy, and we were just talking about STDs in bed, and he told me he had crabs in his chest hair... he was totally kidding, but according to him my reaction was priceless..... I would freak out if I got any type of parasite on my body. I watch animal planet a lot and they have that show about common household bugs and parasites that can invade the body. After watching that show I was itching for days... that stuff creeps me out....
lattegoodness lattegoodness 9 years
herp_mommy, I wondered the same thing. If it's all shaven or waxed, can they still live? Where would they latch their gross legs and stuff on to? Ewww.. this whole topic is giving me the heeby jeebies!
tglynn tglynn 9 years
EW. I've always wondered though, what if you wax everything and there's no hair? Same thing with a bald person getting lice... would the crabs still set up camp?
Meike Meike 9 years
Note to self, never borrow clothes from friends or sit on their furniture. Lol. My hubby and I've only been with each other so it's a bit surprising to me that there are still non-sexual ways of getting STI. Eww...
Sporky Sporky 9 years
Wow. Happy to say I've never had crabs (other than at Red Lobster) A friend of my boyfriend got them once from his roommate (non-sexually). He took care of it in a very orthodox way - he wrapped a cloth around his penis and sprayed the area with roach spray! Apparently that worked. :true:
darkangel2305 darkangel2305 9 years
Gross!! Martini Rossi you're so right about the clothes in stores! ICK! 48 hours in a LONG time :scared:
dollhouse1 dollhouse1 9 years
wow. i didnt know they could live off of a human for 48 hrs thats sic! ugh! good point about trying on cloths at the store, i might need to think twice when i go out shopping.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
WOW! I rarely think of crabs because that just not talked about anymore. If anything, herpes and HIV are the main STI's that stick out of mind. This makes me think twice about trying on clothes/pants in stores! Hey you just never know. Also, correct me if Im wrong but, condoms do not protect against crabs.
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