Pthiriasis / Pubic Lice

Pubic lice or “crabs” are parasitic insects about 1-2 mm in length which are usually spread through sexual contact.  Pubic lice is not the same organism as head lice. Occasionally pubic lice may be spread by close personal contact or contact with clothing, bed linen and towels.


Itching in the pubic and groin area.  They eggs or lice may also be found on other hairy areas of the body (eyelashes, eyebrows, beard, mustache, armpits, etc.)

Health problems

Scratching the itchy areas may lead to sores and secondary bacterial infection of the skin.


Both over-the-counter and prescription medications are available.