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What is it?

Crabs are lice that are found on pubic hair. You can get crabs from sexual contact with a person who has them. It is possible, but rare, to get lice from infested clothing, towels or bed sheets.

It is impossible to get lice from a toilet seat because lice can’t live away from a warm body and cannot walk or hold onto smooth surfaces such as toilet seats.

What are the symptoms?

  • Severe itching.
  • Eggs (nits) on the pubic hair or lice crawling on the pubic hair
What are the effects?

Skin rash/irritation

Is there a cure?

You can get rid of crabs by washing the pubic region with a special shampoo that can be bought without a prescription.

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