Pubic Lice and Scabies

Pubic Lice and Scabies

Scabies and pubic lice, often called crabs, are tiny insects that live on the skin. They are often, but not always, spread sexually. You can also pick them up by rising the bed linen, clothes or towels of an infected person. The lice will not survive on clothing for more than a few days.

Scabies an itchy rash, is caused when a female mite burrows into a person's skin to lay her eggs.

Pubic lice infect hairy parts of the body, especially around the groin and under the arms. Their eggs can be seen on the hair close to the skin, where they hatch in six to eight days.



  • itchy rash
  • eggs can be seen on the hair close to the skin
  • Both scabies and pubic lice are treated by special creams, lotions or shampoo forms which you can buy in a drug store.
  • Get treatment to avoid passing them to others. Clothing must be cleaned in hot water or set aside and not worn until lice have died (about 2 weeks)
  • Recent partners of anyone affected should also be treated. Anyone with whom you have had close contact or who shared your bed linen, clothes, or towels should be treated, even if they don't have an itch or rash.