Infectious Disease Compendium

Crabs

Diagnosis

Itchy pubic area. Earlier verions had it as public.

Microbiology

Pthius pubis, a louse that looks kinda like a crab.

Epidemiologic Risks

Person to person. Crabs have been known to jump 50 feet. Kidding.

Empiric Therapy

1% permethrin or pyrethrin lice shampoo or lindane (1%).

Pearls

Rants

If you have never enjoyed a Dungeness from the Pacific NW, you are missing a treat.

ICD9 Codes (Soon to be supplanted by ICD10)

Crabs, meaning pubic lice 132.2.