Basic Summary for Pubic lice


Main name of condition: Pubic lice
Other names or spellings: Crabs, crab lice, pediculosis pubis, Phthirus pubis lice, Phthirus pubis

What is Pubic lice?
  Brief description of Pubic lice: Lice in pubic area that are spread sexually.
  Parent types of Pubic lice: Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Insect parasite conditions, Lice, Hair conditions, Louse-borne diseases, Pediculosis, Diseases contagious from sex, Diseases contagious from bedding, Diseases contagious from clothing, Diseases contagious from vaginal sex, Diseases contagious from safe sex
  Organs Affected by Pubic lice: pubic area, hair, genitals
How many people get Pubic lice?
  Incidence (annual) of Pubic lice: 3 million new cases annually estimated (NIAID)
  Incidence Rate of Pubic lice: approx 1 in 90 or 1.10% or 3 million people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Pubic lice: An estimated 3 million people with new cases of the infestation are treated each year in the United States.1
How serious is Pubic lice?
  Complications of Pubic lice: see complications of Pubic lice
What causes Pubic lice?
  Class of Condition for Pubic lice: parasite insect
  Risk factors for Pubic lice: see risk factors for Pubic lice
What are the symptoms of Pubic lice?
  Duration of Pubic lice: Usually resolve within 5 days with treatment
  Symptoms of Pubic lice: see symptoms of Pubic lice
Can anyone else get Pubic lice?
  Contagion of Pubic lice: Spread by sexual contact; rarely by bedding or clothing.
  More information: see contagiousness of Pubic lice
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Pubic lice: see treatments for Pubic lice
  Prevention of Pubic lice: see prevention of Pubic lice

1. excerpt from Other Important STDS, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID

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