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Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)
Symptoms commence approximately 2-3 weeks after contamination. The symptoms of crabs are primarily dermatological: localized itchiness (pruritus) of the affected regions, whether in the genital or other hirsute (hairy) skin zones. At times a patient may observe tiny blood stains in their underwear – this may signal the presence of the parasite before the itchiness begins. Itchiness is caused by the penetration of the local skin by the bug – in order that its eggs may be laid (small red spots). Minute pale brown insects or their pale whitish eggs may be visible if you look close enough.