Pubic lice

Pubic lice are tiny insects that infest your genital area. They are usually found attached to the hair in the pubic area(hair around your genitals), but can also be found in other body hair such as underarm hair, and beards.

They feed on human blood and cause intense itching in the affected area.

How can one contact it?

Pubic lice are commonly spread through intimate contact, including sexual intercourse. Sharing towels, blankets, bedsheets, or clothing with people who have pubic lice, is also a possible way to catch it.

You’re most unlikely to contact pubic lice from a furniture or toilet seat.

Symptoms of Pubic lice infestation

  • Itching (in your genital region or anus), which usually become worse/more intense at night.

Other symptoms include:

  • Black powder in your underwear.
  • Pale blue spots or small spots of blood in your genital regions.
  • Low-grade fever
  • Lack of energy.

Note: Excessive itching/scratching may cause wounds, which can lead to secondary infections.

Diagnosis

You can easily get diagnosed by examining your pubic area.

Lice are small, crab-like insects, so if you see such small crab-shaped insects moving in your pubic hair, you’re probably infested with lice.

Lice are typically pale gray, but darken in color after drinking your blood.
The lice eggs are white and tiny, they are usually found on the root of pubic hairs.

Treatment

  • Wash all towels, bedding, clothing in hot water, and sun-dry them
  • Topical lotions (such as permethrin cream), and shampoos can be used to remove lice from the body.
  • If the topical solutions don’t work, prescription medications such as Malathion, Ivermectin, and Lindane become necessary.

Note that lice easily survive soap, and water, therefore Home remedies, such as shaving and hot baths, aren’t effective for treating pubic lice.

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