Whether you call it crabs, or the more scary sounding Pthirus Pubis, Pubic Lice is something you truly want to avoid at all cost. You may have heard of Pubic Lice at some point, but what is it exactly, and what are the methods of treatment to cure it?
Pubic Lice are small six-legged insects that infect your pubic hairs typically near the groin area, however, they can also develop in your armpits and eyebrows. Most often, you get them through sexual activity, but can also be transmitted through toilet seats, sheets, or blankets, although these cases are rare.
According to the American Social Health Association (ASHA), there are an estimated 3 million cases of crabs each year. Symptoms may not surface for five days after infection, and they include bad itching of the genital region or anus, small eggs or nits in your pubic hair, and sometimes a mild fever.
Unlike many STD’s the use of a condom will not protect you from Pubic Lice since condoms do not cover the pubic area.
Pubic Lice spreads easily, and the only true prevention is being selective with whom you have intimate skin to skin contact with. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests if you or your partner have become infected with Pubic Lice, you should machine wash and dry your clothing and bedding in the hot water laundry cycle, and avoid sexual contact until you are able to receive treatment.
Treatment is available for Pubic Lice, by popular over-the-counter products like, A-200, RID, and NIX. One would follow the instructions that come with the medication, which typically include a thorough shampooing of the infected area, then a combing of the pubic hairs to remove the tiny eggs. Usually if applied once, the infection will go away, and if not, you would follow the directions on the package for further treatment, along with visits to your doctor.