||Crabs, Pediculosis pubis, cooties
||Louse: Phthirus pubis
||Passed by skin to skin contact with infected person or by infested sheets, towels, and clothing.
||Eggs hatch after 3 to 14 days.
||Some people may not have any symptoms. Others have intense itching, blue or gray spots, and insects or nits (eggs) in the pubic area. Some people may also have pinhead-size blood spots on underwear.
||Microscopic examination of nits on hair and locating adult lice adhering to hair.
||Cured with special creams, lotions, or shampoos that can be bought at drugstores. Some products require a prescription while others do not. Bedding, clothing, towels must be laundered in hot water. Combs and brushes should be soaked in hot water.
||Avoid physical/skin to skin contact with infested individuals and their belongings, especially clothing and bedding.
||To prevent getting lice again, sex partners and household contacts should be treated at the same time.
DSHS Electronic Publication Number E13-11905