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Crabs, the lice of the nether region

August 12, 2018

The talk of crabs among all sexually transmitted infections and diseases has almost become a long-forgotten tale of myth and legend. Well here’s to bringing back the chat. Today’s post is aimed at informing you on what these pesky groin invaders are and how to combat them!

You may be thinking why the name? And what exactly are crabs? The reasoning as to why these parasites have been denoted the name crabs is because under the microscope, their appearance resembles a crab, simple as that.

These nasty parasites are attracted to areas with thicker, rougher hair where they attach and feed off the blood of the host, as a result causing intense itching and inflammation. Yes, these parasites can technically invade all areas which follow the description above, but are more commonly found in pubic hair and are spread through sexual contact, hence why they are categorised as STIs. If not treated promptly what occurs is that the lice will continue to feed, lay eggs, and quickly multiply where there is a strong chance that they will spread to sexual partners.

Crabs and their eggs are visible to the naked eye, so your best bet is a physical examination. Crabs take on a greyish-brown or copper appearance and tend to get darker if they have recently fed on your blood. If upon examination you have crabs it’s best not to resort to the use of Mortein fly spray; it’ll make matters worse.

What’s great about treating crabs is that you don’t need prescription medication, you can go straight to your nearest pharmacy and purchase insecticide cream or shampoo. These insecticide creams, lotions and shampoos are likely to contain permethrin, a chemical strong enough to kill pubic lice yet not being too harsh on the surrounding skin. To ensure eradication, use the medication as instructed, and thoroughly wash in the shower, as well as washing all clothes and bedding in hot water.

Remember not all STIs develop symptoms, so get checked up now. For all you know, you could be an asymptomatic carrier. Play it smart, not by ear.

So, our message to you is to practice safe sex, test regularly and remain in control. We are here to support you along the way. Tune in to our regular blogs to find out more about STI/STD and the changes in sexual healthcare that are occurring.

Did you know that many STI's don't have symptoms? If left untreated they can seriously damage your fertility, health and life.

If you’re unsure what to do or if you’re worried about an STI, we’re here to help with safe and easy tests you can do at home.

Don’t risk your health!


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