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Pubic Lice Can Give You A Real Bad "Hair" Day!

Apr 7, 2008
Pediculosis is a lice infestation. Lice are ectoparasites that live at the skin level and draw blood from the human body for food. Human lice are highly transferable and reproduce very fast.

There are two types of pediculosis: the pediculosis of the head - the insects usually live by feeding from the skin of the head, and they are located mostly on the back of the head or behind the ears. It is frequent in children, but adults can also be affected by it, especially if they live in the same house.

The second type of pediculosis is the pubic type. Lice are usually located in the pubic area, but they can also affect facial hair, eyebrows, chest hair and scalp hair but very rare.

Body lice lodge and lay eggs on clothes and transfer to the human host when they have to feed. They are blood sucking parasites that are equipped with needle-like mouths. During war or natural calamities lice can be carriers of fatal illnesses like typhoid fever.

The lice can be easily transferred by direct contact. There are three types of Infestations, the kind of which can be established by the type of insect that is causing the infestation. Pubic hair infestation is brought about by the insect named Phtirius Pubis. One can get it through sexual contact and is easily transmittable. Generally just one single exposure can already get a person infected.

Still, the insects as well as their eggs can survive on items such as towels or sheets just as long as it takes them to spread to other people. A child diagnosed with this infection can be the victim of a sexual abuse.Lice are very strong and highly contagious, and can be transmitted also through wearing infected people's hats.

Lice infestation commonly results to allergic reactions on the skin. The insects puncture the skin as they suck the blood to feed. The saliva could cause allergic reaction and skin inflammation and other secondary bacterial infections, which can develop within two days or more depending on the person's level of sensitivity and previous infection history.

Reaction can become unbearable if the individual is allergic to the bites and the saliva of the insects.

In pediculosis of the hair, the lice are lodged on the hairs of the head and the nits (eggs) are white, round or oval shaped. They are tightly attached to the shaft of the hair and will not be removed by themselves. Inside the insect, the eggs are brownish, but when are laid, they turn light brown to white.

Pubic lice bites produce rashes or tiny flat lesions, blue-gray in color. The indications can stay on the skin for several months even after the infestation has been cured. It is a possibility that an infected Individual have other sexually transmitted disease as lice infestation is one of the symptoms.

By and large, the lice hide on the clothes, specifically on seams of clothing, more than on the skin. Since lice are hardy insects, they will not be exterminated on its own. The infected individual should seek the help of a doctor for proper treatment.
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