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Scabies and Pubic Lice (Crabs)

Scabies and Crabs are tiny bugs that live on the skin of an infected person. They are usually spread through sexual contact, but you can also catch scabies or crabs by sharing bed linen, clothes or towels with an infected person.

You may have scabies if you feel itchy over your whole body -- especially at night. A rash, caused when the female bug digs into the skin to lay eggs, usually appears in the folds of skin around the penis or vagina, between the fingers, and on the wrists, elbows and abdomen.

You may have crabs if you feel itchy around your genitals and see small, light brown bugs crawling on your skin. If the bugs have laid eggs, you’ll find oval-shaped “shells” on pubic hair that are hard to pick off.

If you have scabies or crabs, help prevent spreading the bugs by avoiding close physical contact with others until you get treatment. Scabies and crabs are treated with special creams, lotions or shampoos you can buy at your local drugstore.