Crabs or Pubic Lice

Crabs is a species of body lice, which are found in the pubic hairs of the body.

These tiny lice are usually found in large numbers and cause irritation and itching in the pubic area. A close look will identify these creatures clinging to the hair in the genital region. There may also be nits (eggs) attached to the hair shaft.
The most common cause of infestation is because the crab-like lice crawl directly from one person to another during intimate contact.
To diagnose the problem is simply a matter of checking the pubic hair in a good light.

TREATMENT OPTIONS
As with all conditions your Doctor should be consulted to diagnose and treat this condition. Ask your Doctor about the latest advice on this ailment.
If you think that the crabs were sexually transmitted, have a full STD (sexually transmitted disease) check by your Doctor.

DIET HINTS
The diet plays only a small part in treating Pubic Lice. It is however important to include foods which are high in nutritional value.
Increasing foods, which are high in the B Vitamins may be a good idea. This group includes peas, beans, raw nuts, sardines and wholegrain bread. The latter is good because of its fibre content and this will help to keep the bowels working.
Some general guidelines include avoiding heavy, hard to digest meals e.g., fried food.
Eat plenty of fruit at least three serves a day. If any is left over, make your own fresh fruit juice at home and drink a glassful at least twice a day.

VITAMINS/MINERALS/HERBS
Tea Tree oil application directly to the affected area (beware of applying Tea tree oil directly to mucous membranes or sensitive skin).

PHARMACIST'S ADVICE
Ask your MedAux Pharmacist for advice.
1. The Pharmacy will give you a lotion or shampoo for lice. There are several available. People with a lot of body hair (e.g., chest and underarm) should shampoo it all - not just the pubic hair. Note: Some lice shampoos are not suitable for pregnant women.
2. Do not shave the hair off, but do comb the crabs' eggs (nits) out with a fine-toothed comb available from the Pharmacy after shampooing.
3. Wash the bed linen, towels and clothes in hot water to prevent reinfection, and repeat the whole process a week later to kill off any new hatchings. Inform your current partner of the problem as he or she may need treatment.
4. If the diet is considered inadequate, consider some nutritional supplements. These may include zinc and B group vitamins to enhance the immune system of the body.