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Lice (pubic)

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Introduction
Pubic lice, also known as crabs, are tiny insects. They live most commonly in pubic hair and are spread through close body contact, usually during sex.
Symptoms of pubic lice
After you come into contact with public lice, it can take five days to several weeks before you notice any symptoms.
Causes of pubic lice
Pubic lice (Phthirus pubis) are not the result of poor personal hygiene. They are usually caught through close bodily contact with someone who is infected.
Diagnosing pubic lice
If you think you have pubic lice (Phthirus pubis), you should get checked by a healthcare professional as soon as possible.
Treating pubic lice
Pubic lice can be treated at home with insecticide cream, lotion or shampoo. It will usually need to be applied once and repeated after three to seven days.
Complications of pubic lice
A pubic lice infestation can sometimes lead to minor complications, such as skin irritation and eye infections.
'When my GP said I had pubic lice, I was revolted'
Elise Houghton had pubic lice when she was 17. Here, Elise tells her story.