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What is crab louse?

An infestation by tiny insects that reside in pubic hair, causing itching. This is often sexually transmitted, but can also be acquired by using infested towels or beds.

Symptoms of crab louse

  • Skin Itching

  • Itching around the genital area

  • Skin is broken from scratching

Questions your doctor may ask to check for crab louse

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose crab louse

  • Do you have itchy skin?

  • Do you have any itch in and around your vagina?

  • Did you scratch your skin?

Treatment for crab louse

Wash contaminated cloth in warm water of at least 50 degrees. Anti-lice creams or medication can be prescribed to treat the infection.

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References

  • Palanisamy AP, Kanakaram KK, Vadivel S, Kothandapany S. Crab louse. Indian Dermatol Online J. 2015 Sep-Oct;6(5):375. doi: 10.4103/2229-5178.164475. PMID: 26500883; PMCID: PMC4594412.

    https://journals.lww.com/idoj/Fulltext/2015/06050/Crab_louse.24.aspx

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