What Are Pubic Genital Lice?
Pubic Lice, also known as Phthirus pubis or “crabs“, infest an estimated 3 million people in the United States each year with even more cases found world wide. Although an infestation of Pubic / Genital Lice is scientifically termed as “pediculosis,” it is often considered a sexually transmitted disease or STD.
Pubic Lice are a parasitic insect that commonly infests the genital area of humans. These genital Lice are generally less mobile compared to body or head Lice. Lice in pubic hair are usually referred to as “crabs.” They obtained this name due to their resemblance to the crab and their pincher-like claws. The Pubic Lice images in the show these Lice are clear in color and would be very hard to see on the human body.
Although the most common area of infestation is the genital area, the crab louse can live in almost any type of human hair. Pubic Lice and Pubic Lice eggs can be found in the eyebrows, beards, moustaches, thighs, abdomen, underarm and even eyelashes. Although it is possible to have an infestation of lice in pubic hair without any Pubic Lice Symptoms, the individual will usually experience itching caused by Pubic Lice infestations. The Pubic Lice pictures clearly show that these are very hard to see in the genital area because of their clear color.
How are Pubic Genital Lice Transmitted?
Again, an infestation of lice in pubic hair is usually considered an STD. This means that transmission most commonly occurs from direct person to person contact that usually involves sexual activity; however, it can occur through direct physical contact with contaminated objects such as bed linens, towels, clothes or toilet seats. The route of transmission via contaminated objects is thought to be very rare. It is a common misconception that an individual can contract this infestation from their pets. Animals cannot contract or spread Pubic Lice. It is also important to consider that infestation in a young child or adolescent may sometimes indicate sexual activity or abuse. The number one indication of Pubic Lice in children is the constant and annoying itching due to sexual activity or abuse.
Children are also susceptible to Pubic Lice infestations even if they may not have hair yet in the genital area; Lice could be present in the eyebrows and eyelashes. This is definitely considered a Public Lice indicator in children.
According to MedlinePlus, “In young children, Pubic Lice may be a cause of blepharitis (an eye infection) and their eyelashes should be examined with a high-powered magnifying glass for evidence of Lice.” MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia, Pubic Lice, October 2004
KidsHealth.org warns, “If your child contracted the Lice through sexual contact, you should have your child examined by a doctor to be sure he or she has no other STDs. Pubic Lice may also be a symptom of sexual abuse.” KidsHealth.org, Pubic Lice, April 2005
How Many People in the World Have Pubic Lice
Many people searching for Crabs and Pubic Lice information have asked “What are the statistics for Pubic Lice?” There are no reliable up-to-date known Pubic Lice graphs or schedules that show statistics by state or region that we have found.
To determine how many people in the world have Pubic Lice would be literally impossible because not all people go to the doctor to receive Pubic Lice treatment and remedies and it is not required that it is reported any place.
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Pubic Lice Risk Factors:
- Having multiple sex partners
- Having sexual contact with an infested person
- Sharing bedding/clothing with an infested person
What are the symptoms of Pubic Genital Lice?
It is possible to have an infestation of Lice in pubic hair and not show any Pubic Lice Symptoms. Generally, however, the individual will experience itching that will worsen at night when the Pubic Genital Lice become more active and begin feeding.
When Pubic Lice feed, they inject saliva into their host causing its primary symptom of itching. Scratching will only increase present irritation and may lead to secondary infections. Pubic Lice can also leave a painless, blue/gray rash accompanied by inflammation. It may also be possible to see the actual insect in the affected area or the presence of nits wrapped around the hair shaft. There is no difference with Pubic Lice on a male compared to Pubic Lice on a female.
Generally, someone that has been exposed to Pubic Lice or the Pubic Lice eggs will notice the primary symptom of itching immediately or within a one week time frame, but it can take up to 2-4 weeks for eggs to hatch and mature Lice to be seen. As you have seen above from the Pubic Lice images, no doubt it would be hard to see these pests in your pubic area.
Pubic Lice – Crabs Symptoms:
- Itching in affected area
- Presence of nits or adult Genital Lice or Crabs
- Lesions in affected area due to scratching and bites
- There is no difference with Pubic Lice on a male compared to Pubic Lice on a female
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What is the life cycle of Lice in pubic hair or Crabs?
See the Pubic Lice pics below. There are three stages that complete the life cycle of Pubic Lice or Pubic Crabs – nit, nymph and adult.
Nit: Nits are the eggs of the Pubic Louse. They are found firmly wrapped around the hair shaft of the affected area and hatch in approximately 6-8 days. The nits appear oval and are usually yellow to white in color. Nits are roughly 1 millimeter in length. Nits can stay alive for up to 14 days once removed from a host.
Nymph: Upon hatching the baby Louse is considered a nymph. The nymph looks similar to an adult Pubic Louse but smaller. Nymphs range from 1.1 millimeters to 1.3 millimeters in length and mature in about 7 days after hatching. In order to continue life the nymph must feed on a blood meal from a human host.
Adult: The time frame from nit to adult takes approximately 23 days and without a host adults cannot live past 1-2 days. The adult Pubic Louse is tan to grayish-white in color and range from 1.25 millimeters to 2 millimeters in size. This Louse is generally smaller in length compared to the head and body Louse. Pubic Genital Lice or Pubic Crabs have a broader oval shaped body with six legs. Their two front claws are much larger with pincher like claws. When viewing under magnification the Pubic Louse resembles a miniature crab. The female Louse is generally larger in sized versus the male. The female may lay up to 40 nits at a time or 30-90 nits in their life span. The female’s lifecycle takes approximately 40 days to complete. The mouthparts of the Pubic Louse can remain attached to the skin for days at a time while feeding.
Natural Pubic Lice Treatments are preferred over traditional toxic – deadly Pubic Lice Treatments
Traditional Lice treatments continue to contain deadly pesticides harmful to children and adults. We wonder why something that can be so deadly is still commonly being sold in our local pharmacies and grocery stores. There obviously was a need to develop a formula safe for children and adults without any deadly, toxic ingredients or pesticides. DermaTechRx™ Research Center took on that challenge and dedicated most of its resources on finding safe, non-toxic treatments for Pubic Lice.
Pyrethrum and Lindane are used as the primary active ingredient in most over the counter Pubic Lice products. Both of these ingredients are labeled with CAUTION, and Lindane has been banned in several states because of its high toxicity. Both of these toxic ingredients are responsible for death, neurological problems, asthmatic breathing, nasal stuffiness, headaches, nausea, loss of coordination, tremors, convulsions, facial flushing and swelling, burning and itching.
The most severe poisonings have been reported in infants and small children, who are not able to efficiently break down these pesticides. What is even worse is that doctors continue to prescribe these toxic treatments even though they are only about 30% effective. The Lice have built up a resistance against these pesticides over the last several decades and that is why Pyrethrum and Lindane are no longer effective for treating Lice in pubic hair..
Because your health and well-being are our primary concern; DermaTechRx™ Research Center decided to conduct tests for safe, and proven effective lice killing formulas. We recommend the following Pubic Lice treatment based on our scrutinizing efforts to find a safe, effective, and easy to use product.