Giant Microbes, Crab Louse, Small
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This little critter represents the Crab Louse, otherwise known as "Crabs" or pubic lice. Below is more information about public lice, courtesy of our friends at Planned Parenthood.
Pubic lice (also known as crabs) are small parasites that attach to the skin and hair near your genitals. Crabs are very common, are not dangerous, and they're usually pretty easy to get rid of.
Public lice symptoms include pretty intense itching. But even though pubic lice can be uncomfortable, they don't cause any serious health problems. It's usually easy to get rid of them with over-the-counter medicines.
Crabs are usually spread through sex, because they like to live in pubic hair. Pubic lice move easily from one person's hairs to another person's hairs when their genitals touch or are very close to each other.
Most people get crabs during sex, but sometimes they're spread through other kinds of close, personal contact. You can get pubic lice where other types of coarse hair-- like eyelashes, eyebrows, chest hair, armpits, beards, and mustaches-- touch places on someone's body where crabs are. Sometimes pubic lice are spread by using an infected person's clothes, towels, or bed.
Crabs don't spread through quick, casual touching, like handshakes or hugs.
Even though crabs are into hair, they usually don't like to hang out in the hair on top of your head. Pubic lice are different than head lice, and you usually don't get crabs in the hair on your head. Head lice usually don't show up in the pubic area, either.
Pubic lice are easy to treat — you usually don't even need a doctor's prescription. You can get over-the-counter pubic lice treatment at a drugstore, or from your doctor.
Pubic lice treatments are easy to use and come in gels, shampoos, liquids, and foam. Most are sold over-the-counter in drugstores, so you can buy them without getting a prescription from a doctor first. Follow the directions that come in the package carefully. You may need to use the treatment more than once.
Even after you finish the treatment, most of the nits (lice eggs) will stay stuck to your hairs. You can pick them off with your fingernails or a fine-toothed comb.
Along with using medication, wash or dry clean all of your bedding and towels. Also wash or dry clean any clothing that you wore while you had crabs. Wash these fabrics on the hottest setting, and dry on them on the hot cycle for at least 20 minutes.
You can also put fabrics that can't be washed in a sealed bag for 2 weeks, until the crabs and their eggs die out. You can also vacuum rugs and furniture. You don't need to call an exterminator or fumigate your home.
Tell your sexual partners and anyone else you've had intimate contact with during the last month that they may have crabs. You should all treat yourselves at the same time so you don't re-infect each other. And don't have sex or any other kind of intimate contact until everyone finishes their treatment and knows their crabs are gone for good.