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How do crab lice or pubic lice affect the body?

The biggest effect of pubic lice is the intense itchiness they cause in the genital area. The itching caused by a pubic louse infestation can be severe enough to lead to abrasions from frequent scratching. These abrasions - most commonly scratches or red bumps on the skin - may become subject to bacterial infections. Bites from the lice can also cause inflammation that look like tiny bumps.

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