Crabs & Scabies are transferred by skin-to-skin contact and can occur anywhere on the body. This means that while they can be passed through sexual contact, it is usually passed through non-sexual skin-to-skin contact.
A person may not have symptoms.
Symptoms vary between crabs and scabies. Crabs (pubic lice) can show symptoms within 5 days, whereas scabies can take up to 2 months (2-6 weeks). When symptoms do appear, they may include:
- Intense itching in the genitals or anus
- Presence of lice or small egg sacs, which are called nits, in pubic hair
- Itching and a skin rash
- Sever itching at night
- Tiny burrows on the skin
Medicine is available without a prescription from many drugstores. If further treatment is necessary, your health care provider can give you a prescription for a stronger medicine.
Scabies require prescription lotions and screams by your health care provider about them.
Everyone who may have been exposed to pubic lice and/or scabies should be treated at the same time. That way they can avoid becoming infected again.
All bedding, towels, and clothing that may have been exposed should be thoroughly washed in hot water and drying in a hot dryer or dry cleaned. The home should be vacuumed.