Diseases

The STD Crab’s: Guide to Elimination

Crabs also known as pubic lice is often mislabeled as an STD. It is neither a STD or a STI, but rather parasitic insects that attacks the hair follicles. In this article I am going to give you a little information about Crabs, signs of having it, and ways to prevent getting it.

Crabs got its name for the crab-like shape of the insects body when observed under a microscope. Crabs or pubic lice are very similar to head lice, except that it is usually spread through sexual contact. It can be anything from actual intercourse to just touching private areas together, to even oral and anal sex. Pubic lice survives from feeding off of human blood and is usually found near the base of the hair follicle. It is a misconception that these insects are found only on the pubic area; they have been seen in armpits, and beards as well. There is no gender specificity in contracting the parasite, everyone is free game.

The most prevalent sign of having crabs is intense itching/ bleeding in the pubic area from scratching. Much like head lice, these parasites burrow into the follicle to reach the blood from the skin around it which is what causes the itching. Although Crabs are very small and extremely fast, they can be seen sometimes with the naked eye, if not a magnifying glass. What can be seen depends greatly on the stage of the lifecycle it is in. Nits or lice eggs are usually white or pale yellow and are probably the easiest life stage to see them in because they are not moving. After the eggs hatch the baby crabs are called nymphs which are just a smaller version of the adult Crab. Another way to detect having Crabs is to look for little brown dots which is the waste eliminated by the insect. These are usually easier to see than the actual Crab itself.

The best and most obvious way to prevent getting Crabs is to abstain from sex completely. This is easier said than done for most people, so practicing sex safe is the next best way. Ask your partner if they have or have ever had the parasite. Before sex, examine your partner to see if they have it. No need to make the mood awkward, just be observent during foreplay. It is better to catch it before the action starts, than realize it afterwards.

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