Pubic lice (crab louse) are blood-sucking parasitic insects that can live in the hairy parts of our bodies. These insects are very hard to detect because of their size and they could be found on the private parts, armpits, eyelashes, eyebrows, and even beards or mustaches.
Within their short life span of 30 days, female pubic lice could lay up to or more than 30 eggs and they could multiply and be twice as much as their numbers under the space of three months.
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Pubic lice are one of the reasons why people suffer severe itching around their private parts because these tiny insects could feed on blood as much as five times a day and their bite to the skin is what causes an itch. Pubic lice are considered STI because lovemaking is one of the common ways it can be transmitted from one person to another.
Unlike most STIs that can be prevented by condoms, pubic lice can't be prevented by condoms and these are the reasons.
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1. Pubic louse is a skin-to-skin infection and It doesn't live inside the private part but on the hairs around the private part so all it needs to be transmitted from one person to another is by skin-to-skin contact.
2. Pubic lice can survive outside the human body for more than 24 hours so they can be transmitted by sharing sheets, towels, and clothing with an infected person.
To stay safe from pubic lice, you should follow these preventive measures
1. Avoid lovemaking with multiple partners
You're at more risk of having pubic lice if you're making love with multiple partners. Also, avoid making love to others if you have pubic lice until you're treated and free from it. People who share different partners are also at risk of suffering from syphilis, gonorrhea, and other STD. You should maintain one partner to be on the safer side.
Pubic Lice on sheets
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2. Avoid sharing your clothing and underwear if you're living with multiple roommates and always wash your sheets and other sleeping materials. If you follow these preventive measures, you would reduce your risk of having pubic lice.
Pubic lice on the skin
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Bite from pubic lice can cause itching, and rashes in some people due to allergic reactions, skin infection from constant scratching, and the appearance of black spots in affected areas.
The good news is that pubic lice can be killed with the right antibiotics and lotions so try to visit your doctor and check for pubic lice if you're having this unexplained and constant itching in your pubic area.
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