mobile logo header
Pubic lice is also know as "crabs."
Click on the links below to learn detailed facts about pubic lice and how to keep yourself healthy.
Pubic lice are tiny insects that attach themselves to the skin and hair in the pubic area. It is also known as "crabs." They are usually found in the genital area or pubic hair, but can be found on hair in the armpits, mustache, beard, eyebrows or eyelashes. You may have heard about lice found in the hair on your head. Those are a different type of lice, not pubic lice.
People do not usually get sypmtoms of public lice until having it for 5 or more days. Like other STDs, you may not know you have it. If you have symptoms, you may have itching in your genital area or you may see tiny bugs or egg sacs in your pubic hair.
People can often diagnose themselves with pubic lice because they can see the tiny insects in their pubic area. You can also see your health care provider and ask them to check you.
Don't worry! You can be treated for pubic lice. There are a number of treatments available including over-the-counter medicine or prescription medication. Make sure you speak to your doctor about what treatment is right for you.