How is Scabies, Lice, and Crabs diagnosed?

Scabies is diagnosed most often by looking at the rash. If necessary, skin scrapings can be tested for the presence of the mites or their eggs. However, it is possible to have a test come back negative and still be infested.

Pubic lice ("Crabs") are diagnosed by a visual exam. While live lice may not be seen, the presence of nits (eggs) is telling enough and no other testing is needed.

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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.