Pubic lice are little insects that live off human blood. The human pubic louse is also known as crabs and infect about 1% of the population. The most common symptoms of pubic lice are itchy irritations that can lead to more serious infections.
The crabs have a heart shaped body, six burly legs of which 4 have even claws at the ends. They prefer to live in the anus, abdomen and groin area where coarse hair is dominant.
The typical life cycle of pubic lice is the eggs or nits – the next stage are the nymphs – the final stage are the adult lice that are able to procreate. They need human contact at all stages to be able to live.
Sexual transmission is the most common way how to obtain pubic lice. While the likelihood to catch crabs increases when having multiple sexual partners it is enough to share towels to contract them. Pubic lice cannot grab onto smooth surfaces which is why shared toilet seats are safe. The average lice parasite is not able to survive more than 2 days without a human host.
Pubic lice are always looking for coarse hair to transfer from one host to another and bite the skin around the hair follicles. Adult lice lay their eggs at the base of those follicles. The itchy pubic lice symptoms one might notice stem from the inflammation triggered by their bite marks. Most infected people notice the symptoms within 5 days afer initial contraction time.
There are special creams and shampoos available to treat pubic lice infections. We recommend to use those that are based on all natural ingredients.