Fixing The Dilemma: What are Pubic Lice and Scabies? Are They Same?

Fixing The Dilemma: What are Pubic Lice and Scabies? Are They Same?

Pubic lice are small parasites that live and thrive in hairy body parts. They are called crabs as well. This is because their body shape looks much like a crab with multiple legs. And it’s not just shape of their body that accounts for their nickname, but color as well, which is yellow-grey. Adult pubic lice can grow as long as 1.8 mm. They can thrive and mushroom at a considerable pace. The eggs they lay close to the body hair root are light brown in color.

They have a very close resemblance with head lice, but are completely different in all aspects from them. These tiny insects propagate from one body to another during sexual contact. Their crab-like body and legs makes it easy for them to grasp hair and travel from one body to another. As the insects are tiny in size, eggs are even tinier, which makes it difficult for one to see with naked eyes. Eggs which look more like a dust particles stick to the hair so firmly that they don’t go by normal washing.

Don’t be surprised if you find pubic lice in your armpits, because body parts with coursing hair make for a great breeding ground for them, and they flourish in such conducive environment condition very fast.


Another tiny parasite that can give you a real tough time is Sarcoptes scabiei. It is the root cause of scabies once it clings to your skin. They are so small that they can’t be seen with naked eyes. They make their way into human body through skin and lay eggs there. The aliment moves a step closer to severity when hundreds of eggs within a small patch of skin hatch to infect your skin beyond recovery. This condition is called crusted scabies and affects old and ill people very badly.

Similarity between the two

Skin infection due to scabiei and pubic lice has a certain level of similar symptoms. Reddishness appearing during the in the initial stage of infection looks similar in both cases. Secondly, both of them are easily transferable from one person to another through body contact. Both the infecting tiny insects can affect men and women alike.

Difference between pubic lice and scabiei

As mentioned before, spotting pubic lice or scabiei with naked eye is a tough nut to crack, but there are certain symptoms that can help you differentiate between the two. Itching in body parts like armpits or genital area is an indication of pubic lice. However, these areas remain moist because of perspiration, which may be another reason for itching, but if you see tiny blue spots on skin or small blood spots on your inner wear, then it’s pubic lice all certainly.

Rashes on any part of the body are primary symptoms of scabies, and second symptom is chronic itching during the nighttime. Inspecting the infected area again and again doesn’t do any good, because they are too small to be noticed by naked eyes.

There are certain practices that need to be followed to keep pubic lice or scabiei at bay and stay infection free.

  • Try to avoid body contact when you see any signs of pubic lice or scabies  
  • Don’t hesitate in discussing the same with your partner
  • Wash your clothes and bedding nicely on a regular basis
  • Don’t ignore vacuuming mattresses, carpets, and furniture

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