Body Lice vs. Crab/Pubic Lice

Both body and pubic lice cause bothersome effects, such as irritation and constant itching. The lifestyle patterns between the two species differ, though. Appearance and contraction of the two louse varieties differ as well.

Living Pattern Differences

Body lice will live longer than pubic lice, while producing more offspring daily. This serves as a major difference, which leads to altering treatment styles and symptom duration.

Contracting Differences

Pubic lice will only get spread through the direct contact of two individuals. The louse species that finds home in the pubic region do not have the ability to jump from surfaces or from human to human. Instead, nearly all pubic lice issues start when two individuals have intimate contact, or from parents caring for their young children.

Identification Similarities

Both body lice and the pubic variety will cause irritation, which most commonly induces itching. The louse that infect the body and the hair on the pubic region feed on the human skin; the small bites from the parasitic organisms cause the irritation.

People visually spot the louse that cover the body and the pubic region in a similar fashion. Although the body louse has a bigger body mass compared to the pubic counterpart, both become especially noticeable after leaving droppings behind.


Body lice and pubic lice will die without the human host. In order to remove lice from the body, individuals must use either anti-lice agents, or simple tactics such as washing all garments thoroughly and washing their own body more than once, daily.

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