Pubic Lice: The Causes
Pubic lice are parasites. Parasites are not particularly choosy about their host. Pubic lice can be contracted by any individual of any age, race, and socio-economic class. Commonly, the main cause for infestation is from physical contact.
However, there are many other ways, including the sharing of personal items, contaminated items being stored, and certain objects, not limited to, but including toilet seats. Pubic lice will not go away without treatment, and failure to obtain adequate treatment can lead to an infestation, increasing overall risk for transmitting the infestation to others.
One main transmission method for lice is physical contact, namely sexual contact. Pubic lice, also known as "crabs," are a common sexually transmitted disease. Close physical contact is also possible through the sharing of certain personal items including bedding and linens. Lice can survive within linens during the day, feeding and reproducing on the host at night. Once infected, you should seek treatment, and avoid sexual contact until both you and your partner have completed the specific treatment regime.
The sharing of items can be cause for the transmission of pubic lice. These items include clothing, towels, hair brushes, etc. Any item that has come into contact with an actual pubic louse or nit (louse egg) can be cause for the transmission.
As many items can be contaminated with pubic lice, it is possible for the spread of pubic lice through close contact of stored items. Adult pubic lice can not survive without a blood meal for over 24 hours. However, the eggs (nits) can survive for nearly a week.
Certain objects can be contaminated with pubic lice. Once contaminated, these objects can typically house the presence of pubic lice for short periods of time. These objects include bedding, furniture, and even toilet seats. While it is highly unlikely that an infestation would occur through a toilet seat, technically it is possible. Lice are not equipped with any method for holding onto smooth surfaces such as toilet seats. However, it is possible that transmission could occur, even if unlikely.
Pubic Lice: Prevention Methods
There is really no exact way to prevent pubic lice. However, there are many ways to decrease your overall chances of obtaining pubic lice. It is important to avoid contact with infected individuals. It is also necessary to determine the sexual history of your partner, and it should be noted that multiple sex partners increases the overall risk for infestation.
Pubic Lice: Transmission
It is a common misunderstanding that pubic lice are capable of jumping or flying, this is blatant untruth. Pubic lice can be transmitted by crawling, or by the eggs (nits) sticking to objects and hatching. It should be noted that the transmission of pubic lice has nothing to do with personal hygiene. Even an individual with the best hygiene habits can get pubic lice. However, these individuals are less likely to become infested, as treatment will be quickly and adequately achieved, preventing any worsening of the initial transmission.