How to Deal with Crabs (Pubic Lice)

Do you have parasites in your groin? Crabs, or pubic lice, is a common sexually-transmitted parasite that affects thousands of men worldwide. 80% of all crabs infestations are transmitted through sexual contact. In this article, we will discuss the various ways you can deal with crabs or pubic lice.

Step 1: Isolation

Treat crabs just like any other lice infestation; isolation is key. That means discarding or isolating underwear that you might have used before you discovered you had crabs. For thorough isolation, you would need to isolate bed sheets, towels, pants, and shirts you had worn. DO NOT MACHINE WASH as it may spread the lice to other garments you wash in the same machine. You can hand wash the pieces of clothing you isolated, and seal them in plastic bags after drying to prevent the spread of lice.

Step 2: Apply Medication/Treat Pubic Lice

Over-the-counter medication is available to treat pubic lice. Consult with your doctor to know which topical treatment works best. Follow the instructions on the label, and remember to keep your groin area clean. Crabs infestation should be treated for at least two weeks straight to kill off the eggs and prevent further infestation. Remember to treat lice and itching separately. Incessant scratching could lead to bacterial growth and skin irritation, which altogether involves a different kind of treatment.

Step 3: Inform Your Sexual Partners

80% of all crabs infestations are caused by sexual intercourse. You would need to inform all the women you had sex within the last four weeks that they are at risk for crab infestation.

Step 4: Abstain from Sex

Here’s the hard part. Since you’re infested with crabs, you would need to abstain from sex until your infestation is completely under control. Treat crabs just like you have an STD, and if that means not having sex for a month, then you’ll just have to bite the bullet.


It’s normal to be ashamed of having pubic lice, but putting off the treatment would only let the infestation get worse over time. Make sure that you get the treatment you need as soon as possible to get the infestation under control.

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