Do I Have Scabies, Lice or Crabs? Anonymous Symptom Checker (Quiz)

Find out whether or not you have Scabies, Lice or Crabs and what STD test is recommended using our personalized symptom checker.

Pubic scabies is the disease of skin and hair around the genitalia. It is caused by small parasites called pubic lice crabs and usually affects the pubic hair. These tiny parasites feed on your blood and can spread easily during sexual contact. This pubic hair infection usually causes no serious health problems, but intense itching can be uncomfortable. Besides sexual contact, you can get this infection from close contact with other parts of the body having coarse hair such as beard, mustaches, eyelashes, eyebrows, armpits, and chest hair.

Irritation and scarring of the affected area is the most common complication of pubic scabies. Sometimes it also leads to the formation of sky-blue spots on the skin. It is a common sexually transmitted disease that approximately affects 3 million people in the United States every year. Consider taking a short quiz below to find out if you are suffering from possible pubic lice crabs infection.

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Can it be cured?

Yes. Both scabies and crabs are easily treated.

Type of Infection

Parasitic. Scabies is caused by the mite, Sarcoptes scabei. And crabs are caused by pubic lice, Phthirus pubis.

How is it treated?

Medicated Lotions. Both conditions are treated with specific medicated lotions; Additionally in both cases, all clothing and bedding should be washed in hot water.

Recovery Time

Upto 2 weeks. Itching may take 2-3 weeks to go away completely.

Can I have sex?

No. Sex is not recommended until treatment of you and your partner(s) is complete.

Can I get re-infected?

Yes. If you are exposed to a person, especially sexually, re-infestation is entirely possible.