The redness and itchiness on your pubic are because of tiny pubic lice, also called as crabs. They are about 2mm in size and survive in warm and humid area. Crabs is highly contagious disease.
Causes For Crabs
- Crabs sexually transmitted which spreads through having intercourse with infected person.
- Closely hugging infected person
- Sharing same clothes
- bedding etc.
These pubic lice also spread to eyelashes, eyebrows, beard, mustache and other body hairs if not treated soon.
More on Pubic Lice
Pubic lice or crabs are alike body or head lice. They are a bit smaller and rounder in shape than body louse or head louse. With larger furthest back legs larger than the remaining legs and claw shaped in structure, a pubic louse appears like crab. Hence, pubic lice are also called crabs. Crabs are small about 1.2 to 2 mm in size.
- Itching in the pubic region,
- Red spot
- Bluish spot
- Skin lesions
- Skin irritation
- Brownish powder on underwear
- Spotting any lice in underwear
Home remedies to treat crabs are equally effective as the over the counter medication. The need to get yourself treated from a doctor for crabs is when you are pregnant women, or you have developed skin infection due to rashes. If a child is suffering from crabs then also it becomes important to visit a doctor.
Effective Remedies for Crabs
- Antiseptic Neem Leaves to treat Crabs: Neem tree or Maragos tree is used for treating variety of diseases and infections due to its antiseptic medical properties. While taking hot bath add branches with lots of Neem leaves to the water and give it a boil. Use this water regularly to until pubic lice are treated. You can also make paste of these leaves and apply to affected region. Use this method only if rashes are absent otherwise, the paste will sting but it is still effective.
- Vinegar and water mixture with lemon, crystal sugar/salt and honey paste: When vinegar is mixed in equal proportion with water, it helps in killing pubic lice. Take a large cotton pad or sponge and wet it with the water and vinegar mixture. Press this pad on infested area for 30 minutes and keep adding vinegar and water solution to it. All the crabs die in this process. Make a thick paste of two tablespoon honey, lemon juice and salt or sugar to scrub the infected area. By gently scrubbing this paste, you will get rid of nits. This method is very helpful in completely getting rid of crabs. Take bath with vinegar and water in a tub if your whole body is affected with crabs. Soak in vinegar and water tub for 30 minutes and perform a body scrub with same paste in generous quantity.
- Suffocate crabs with petroleum jelly: petroleum jelly is very effective when it comes to treating crabs. It also helps in soothing rashes and cuts caused by scratching the infected area. Petroleum jelly can be used on eyebrows and eyelashes as well. Apply petroleum jelly so that the hairs are lubricated to the base. Knit with a fine comb to remove lice and nits.
- Comb the pubic hairs: one might think that shaving pubic hairs can help in removing crabs but it is not that helpful. The infected area becomes tender and swollen due to crabs. The skin is at higher risk of getting cuts and such an injury can lead to skin infection. Avoid shaving pubic hairs and clip them short with pair of scissor. If crabs are less, combing pubic hairs can also help in removing crabs. Apply tee tree oil an hour ago combing the hairs or apply it over the night and comb in the morning. Use a fine knitting comb for this purpose.
- Rosemary and lavender leaves: These leaves have natural antiseptic properties and are very beneficial for treating crabs. Use paste of these leaves separately or mixed together and apply on the infected area wash it after 15 minutes. Towel-dry the infected area and comb out the lice and nits. Do this process regularly for 10 days for completely removing the lice infection.
- Avoid sharing towels, bedding or clothing with an infected person. These clothing can pass crabs.
- Avoid having intercourse with infested person. Condoms are not effective in resisting pubic lice infection. As it is not the penetration that causes crabs but the contact with lice form pubic hairs.
- Clean your pubic area timely, and check for reappearance of pubic lice.
- If you have crabs protect others by refraining yourself from sharing clothing items and having sex until you are treated completely.
- Avoid the urge of itching and scratching, as it will cause more damage.
If these home remedies are not helpful, you can also go for medicated shampoos and ointments. You do not need to have a doctor’s prescription to get these ointments from drug store. Keep yourself hygienic and avoid using others towel or cloth to avoid having crabs.