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What is it? Pubic lice are parasites that live in the hair around the genitals (sex organs). Scabies are mites (tiny insects) that burrow under the skin, usually in the genital area.
How do you get it? Pubic lice and scabies are transmitted from person to person in two ways:
What are the symptoms? Both pubic lice and scabies cause severe itching. Scabies create reddish furrows under the skin in the genital area, in the butt, between fingers, in folds of the skin, under arms, and on the feet.
How can you know for sure? Lice or nits (the eggs of lice) may be seen in the pubic hair. Seeing them is proof that you've got them. A doctor may need to use a microscope to identify the scabies mite or its eggs.
How is it treated?
What can happen if you don't take care of it?
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