Sexually Transmitted Infections Genital Lice Elizabeth Asmaryan and Mayranush Aslibekyan
What are pubic lice? Pubic lice are parasiticinsects that are normallyfound in the genital area inhumans. They like living in"warm" places, and tend tolocate themselves ingenital hair or any hairyarea that is coarse.
How are pubic lice spread? Pubic lice are most common in adults and usually spread through sexual contact. They can also be spread by close contact to items such as clothing, bed sheets, or towels that have been used by an infested person.
What are the symptoms? Symptoms of pubic liceinclude: itching red marks in pubic area hives in pubic area itching areas of hair in different locations visible lice in hair black specs on underwear
Who is susceptible to pubic lice? Anyone can get pubic lice but it is more common inadults. People of any race, religion, social class, or ageare equally as susceptible to this STI since it is a parasitethat does not discriminate in finding a warm comfortablehome.
What happens if they are leftuntreated? If left untreated, pubic lice can cause major itchingdiscomfort to its host, not to mention skin irritation andredness. Crabs are very easy to treat and should betaken care of as soon as possible.
How can they be treated? There are a few options to treating genital lice that are veryquick and simple: A lice-killing lotion containing 1% permethrin or a mousse containing pyrethrins and piperonyl butoxide (it can be found over the counter) Lindane Shampoo Malathion* lotion 0.5% (Ovide*) is a prescription medication that can kill lice and some lice eggs; however, malathion lotion (Ovide*) currently has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of pubic ("crab") lice. Ivermectin has been used successfully to treat lice; however, ivermectin currently has not been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of lice.
The Bad News The bad news about this infection is that most peoplewho have this infection are not able to see the lice withthe naked eye, and sometimes they mistake the rednessfor pimples or a rash. These parasites can cause damageto the skin and severe discomfort to their host.
The Good News :) Dont loose hope, the good news about pubic lice is that it iseasily treatable and medication for getting rid of these lice isinexpensive. Unlike some other STIs, pubic lice are justparasites that live off of humans and can be removed if treatedcorrectly. They do not stay with you for life and will notnecessarily kill you. The worst thing that can happen with pubiclice would be for the lice to spread into other areas of the bodythat contain hair, or leave scars of where the skin outbreakswere, but overall, if taken care of, these insects are no matchfor modern medicine.
So the question is..Either way, one can easily separate with the other.