The Basics of Pubic Lice

Pubic lice, sometimes called crabs, are usually transmitted through sexual contact. If you suspect you have pubic lice, you can easily get diagnosed and treated at an urgent care clinic. Often, if you have pubic lice, your physician may recommend that you get STD testing to ensure that you do not have another sexually transmitted infection.

Pubic lice can be present around the genitals in the form of an egg called a nit, a small crab-like louse called a nymph, or a fully grown adult louse that looks like larger crab than the nymph. Pubic lice survive by feeding on blood, and they can cause itching and irritation around the genitals. Some people only discover they have pubic lice when they actually see nits or crawling lice. Although most cases of pubic lice are spread through sexual contact, in some cases, they can spread through sharing a towel or bed linens with an affected person.

If you think that you have pubic lice, don’t delay treatment. Perimeter Clinic in Atlanta offers walk-in urgent care so you can get a fast diagnosis and begin treatment. You can find out more about our urgent care clinic by calling (678) 904-5611.

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