Natural treatment for crab lice

Crab lice natural remedies

Characteristics of crab lice

Crab louse (Pthirus pubis = Pediculus pubis) is a type of louse that lives in pubic hair and other parts of the body, like armpits hair, eyelashes (especially in children), hair of the abdomen, beard, moustaches, (in men) etc.. Like all the human lice, it causes intense itching. They are commonly known as “crabs” because they are very similar to real crabs.

Crab infection (called phthiriasis or pediculosis pubis) is mainly produced by means of sexual relations, although it can be done by other contact means, such as clothes or toilet sharing.

Adults are more liable to suffer crab louse infections than children. In this case they usually appear on the eyelashes and can cause inflammation of the eyelash follicles (blepharitis),

Symptoms of crab lice

The main symptoms of having crab lice infection are: Grey-bluish marks can appear on the skin of the affected area. Presence of grayish white eggs (they are called nits), or living adult. Itching, especially in the genital or anal area.

This is produced as a skin reaction to the crab lice saliva. Strong itching compels the person having crabs to scratch the affected area, which can be the cause of skin sores and possible skin infections.

Causes of crab lice infection

The root causes that cause this infection are:

Genital intercourse : intimate with genital contact with an infected people can be the cause of contagion, especially when no safe sex practices are adopted or when having several partners.

Sharing clothes and bedding : Sharing infected personal clothes (especially towels or cleaning clothes) or bedding clothes (blankets, sheets or pillows) is one of the main causes that can produce this contagion.

Sharing combs or hair brushes

Sharing closets: Sitting on an infected closet can also spread this infection, especially when someone sits on public closets

Diagnosis and treatment of crab lice: How to avoid infection?

The presence of crabs may be detected directly by the existence of adults or nits in the hair. Sometimes skin sores can be seen straight into the affected area as a result of scratching or crabs bites.

In any case, the doctor can diagnose their presence better using a magnifying glass (stereo-microscope) that allows seeing their presence perfectly.

The conventional treatment of crab lice implies using crab lice shampoos that must be applied exhaustively on the affected area. Sometimes you must repeat the treatment to achieve complete crabs removal.

Another cleaning measures should be taking into account in order to prevent reinfection or possible infection to other people, such as treating all the family of the affected people or all those who could have have an intimate relation with him/her. (More information of How to avoid crab lice in the listing above)

The natural treatment of crab lice infestation involves using a series of natural resources that can contribute to expel them. They can also improve its symptoms.

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Written by Editorial Botanical-online team in charge of content writing

19 March, 2019

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