Pubic Lice (Crabs) Symptoms and Diagnosis

Times are changing and so is the world that we live in. People are now becoming sexually active at a younger age and with more partners. It is estimated that incidents of sexually transmitted diseases (STD's) have more than doubled over the past 10 years. In 2006 over 750 thousand American's contracted some type of STD. There are a lot of misbelieves about safe sex practices in regards to STD's. Men are told to wear always condom to help protect against pregnancy and STD's. However, many do not realize that there are some STD's like pediculosis (pubic lice/crabs) that can be contracted even though a condom is worn. Therefore, it is very important for you to not only know your partner extremely well but also know the signs and symptoms of pubic lice in order to prevent spreading it once it is contracted.

Signs and Symptoms of Pubic Lice

Pubic lice/crabs are tiny crablike insects that can crawl or are transferred from the pubic hair of one person to another person during intercourse. Additionally pubic lice can be contracted from clothing, towels, and bedding that is infested. The crablike insects survive by sucking blood from their host. There are many tell tail signs and symptoms of pubic lice/crabs. Someone that has been exposed or contracted public lice/ crabs may not even be aware of any symptoms for at least two to three weeks. Here is a list of what to look out for:

  1. Itching. Since pubic lice/crabs are living creatures crawling in your pubic hair you most definitely will experience itching and irritation. (2)
  2. Insect Sighting. You may actually be able to see the lice in your pubic hair. They appear as very tiny tan to gray crab like insects. (2)
  3. Egg Sighting. In addition to seeing the lice you may also see eggs attached to your pubic hair. The eggs are about the size of a pinhead and are usually yellow or white in color. A special comb is usually used to remove the eggs only because they are very difficult to remove with the fingers. (2)
  4. Lesions and Infections. You may also experience lesions and secondary infections from the insect's bites in your genital or pubic region. Some have experienced cases of impetigo which a bacterial infection and blepharitis which causes irritation or infection to your eyelids. (3)

Diagnosis and Treatment

Pubic lice/ crabs can easily be self diagnoses by you or by a physician. Once diagnosed by yourself or a physician there are over the counter medicines and products available for the treatment. However, most of these medicines contain very harsh toxic ingredients that could cause further irritation, allergic reactions, or other medical complications like cancer, seizures, blood disorders, and more. Because of this many people have sought out more natural and gentle products.




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