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How To Get Rid Of Crabs

How To Get Rid Of Crabs

Pubic lice can be an embarrassing and shameful problem that can really put a damper on your sexual and mental well-being. Fortunately, Dr. Flanagan is an expert on crabs and, in this video, offers a quick crash course on how to treat this infection!

So we're going to think about how to get rid of crabs. Well, crabs are pubic lice, which is a sexually transmitted infestation of the pubic hair. And lice tend to latch onto the hair after skin to skin contact and that often happens during close sexual contact, so they are considered to be a sexually transmitted infection.

Lice are very, very small and they're called crabs because when we look under the microscope, they look a little bit like crabs and have similar legs to crabs and they can really grip onto coarse human hair and that's why they love to grip onto pubic hair. And they're much more likely to be found on pubic hair than on hair elsewhere on the body because, for example, the hair on the head is much too fine for them to grip onto. What are the symptoms of pubic lice? Well, you can get itching and irritation, you might see some little eggs at the bottom of the hairs, which are little browns pots.

And the irritation comes from the blood-sucking activity of the lice. They suck on tiny droplets of our blood and their saliva can cause an inflammation and irritation of our skin, which makes it really itchy. So what can we do to treat pubic lice and get rid of crabs? Well, there are some over-the-counter treatments, the most common of which is called Melathione, and the best preparation for that is Durback M.

It doesn't have any alcohol, so it won't irritate the skin, but it will clear the skin of the pubic lice and also of their eggs. It's really important that you apply it appropriately. First of all, you need to apply it across the entire body.

Now, often it will say to apply from the neck down, but it's a good idea to apply it across the head hair as well because occasionally pubic lice can creep up there. Also, it's really important to apply once, leave it on for 12 hours, then to reapply it again 7 days later, and again wash off after 12 hours. That's because although it is extremely effective at treating the lice and killing them all, there may be a few little eggs that are left behind that can hatch a few days later.

And just to make sure they're completely clear, it's important to reapply again in a week's time. Also, I'd recommend going to a genital urinary clinic for a full sexual health screen and check-up. If you've acquired pubic lice, it's possible you may have acquired another sexually transmitted infection and it's a good idea to get a check-up for everything.

Any close contacts you've had recently should be informed that you've been treated and that they should get a check-up themselves, particularly if they're itchy or uncomfortable down below. And that's a quick guide on how to get rid of crabs. Pubic lice can be an embarrassing and shameful problem that can really put a damper on your sexual and mental well-being.

Fortunately, Dr. Flanagan is an expert on crabs and, in this video, offers a quick crash course on how to treat this infection!.