Crabs are tiny bugs that live near or on your pubic hair, although sometimes
they move to other body hair, like beards, mustaches, eyelashes and
are tiny bugs that burrow under your skin. They can be passed by everything
from sharing a towel to dry humping. Even though both crabs and scabies
are highly irritating, they are both harmless, easily and quickly treated
and certainly not worth the anxiety caused by some other STDs.
do you get it?
Crabs jump and Scabies move from person to person by close contact,
often during sex. You can also catch crabs and scabies by sharing clothing,
bedding, or towels with someone who has them.
do you avoid it?
If you’re fooling around with someone who has Crabs or Scabies,
no change in sexual behavior, short of isolation, can really protect
you. If you’re carrying the bothersome critters, it’s probably
the polite thing to keep your distance from your boyfriend, fuck buddy,
etc., until you’ve taken care of the problem. It is best to have
him/her treated, even if he or she isn’t itching. Chances are
they caught this highly contagious STD from you and will only give it
right back the next time you climb into bed together.
For Crabs: itching, itching, itching, although
you may not itch at all until you have had them for some time. The itching
usually begins about five days after you’ve been bitten, and is
concentrated wherever you have pubic hair. Crabs are also well suited
to facial hair like eyelashes, eyebrows, and beards. They are about
1 millimeter long, visible to the naked eye, and look like little Crabs
(hence the name). You might also see some waxy white specks attached
to your pubic hairs. These are the eggs called nits, and they are usually
so well cemented that they need to be removed with a very fine comb.
Scabies: about 10 days after infestation the skin develops
an allergic reaction, although a carrier can pass them along before
that point. If you’re itching like mad but can’t see any
signs of Crabs, especially if your hands are itching most, you may have
are much smaller than lice, and instead of attaching to the surface
of the skin like Crabs do, they burrow underneath to lay their eggs.
And unlike Crabs, everyone who has Scabies eventually develops itching.
Scabies burrow under the skin, causing short, wavy, dirty looking lines
that cut across the normal lines of the skin, usually limited to the
webbed skin between the fingers as well as on the wrists, elbows, and
penis. Small lesions and papules that can look like eczema or common
rash occur within the burrows.
Testing and treatment
For Crabs: most over-the-counter shampoos used
to treat head lice will do the trick. Rid and Triple X are good, as
is A-200 Pyrinate, which require two applications. Complete the treatment
by using a fine “nit” comb to remove any of the remaining
dead eggs. These medications are strong, but if any eggs remain, another
treatment is necessary one week later. For Crabs on your eyelashes or
eyebrows, coat them with Vaseline and they die from lack of oxygen.
You can’t use crab shampoo around your eyes. About a week later
unhatched eggs may hatch, and additional treatment may be needed. You’ll
also have to wash all of your clothes, sheets, and towels in hot water
and dry them thoroughly with high heat to kill the Crabs and their eggs.
If you have anything that cannot be washed, store those items, individually,
in a sealed bag for 30 days so that any unhatched eggs will die.
Scabies: topical lotions (for example: Elimite) are
available for prescription only. To rid your body of the mites, you
must rub the lotion thoroughly into every inch of skin, from the soles
of your feet all the way up to (but not including) your head. Wash it
off after 8 to 14 hours. The itching from Scabies may take days or weeks
to completely subside, even after you are totally rid of them.
with AIDS can develop a condition known as Norwegian, or crusted,
Scabies. The skin erupts into scaly patches containing large numbers
of mites. These patches of skin shed frequently, making it even more
else should you know?
If you don’t get treated for Crabs or Scabies, they won’t
go away, and the severe itching will continue. As bad as the itching
may be with both Crabs and Scabies, you should avoid hydrocortisone
creams, which can make the underlying problem worse.