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Pubic lice

Pubic lice, also called crabs, are tiny lice that live in the pubic hair. They can cause itching and spots in the pubic hair area.

Pubic lice can be spread by sexual contact. If you think you may have pubic lice, see the links below for information about how to treat them. It's also worth seeing your doctor or sexual health centre for a sexually transmitted infection check.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created July 2016.

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