Symptoms of Pubic Lice

 

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What are the symptoms of Pubic Lice?

Pubic lice symptoms are feelings, sensations and appearances that indicate a presence of pubic lice (Phthirus pubis), causing Pediculosis pubis. Pubic lice (also know as 'crabs') are small ectoparasitic insects that can live and feed on humans. Pubic lice are not limited to the area around the groin either, they can be found in other hairy areas of the body such as around the anus, under the arms, on the back and chest and in facial hair. As pubic lice can be located in eyebrows, eyelashes, moustaches and beards, you may also experience symptoms in those areas.

What does the crabs louse look like?
Pubic lice can range in size but are generally very small and do not exceed 2 millimetres in length. These irritating parasites can be white, yellow or reddish brown and this is normally dictated by a recent blood meal and/or age. Pubic lice are unable to fly or jump, but they have three pairs of legs that enable them to crawl on skin and through hair. Each leg has a claw that allows the pubic louse to cling on to hair shafts. The pubic louse has three stages to its lifecycle (egg/nit, nymph and adult) and to develop and reproduce they must pierce the skin and feed on a blood meal.

Signs and Symptoms of Pubic Lice
Not everyone suffers from the same symptoms of pubic lice and some may not even though they have them. This makes it very difficult to stop the spreading of these parasites as they can therefore be passed on unknowingly. One of the more common symptoms of pubic lice is itchiness and this takes place around the areas where the lice have fed/bit the skin. It is not the bite itself that cause the itching sensation, but rather the allergic reaction to the saliva from the lice on the wounds. The itching sensation may heighten during the night when the pubic lice are feeding, however scratching the bites may only make the symptoms worse or further infected so this should be avoided.

Pubic Lice Symptoms

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Symptoms of Pubic Lice
Other symptoms include white specs, similar to dandruff or flaky skin. It is the eggs/nits that look like this and they also differ in colour depending on if the egg is alive, hatched or dead. An easy way to determine dandruff from pubic lice eggs is to wash properly with ordinary soap. Dandruff and dry skin will fall off the skin but pubic louse eggs are stuck to hair shafts with such strong saliva that it will take pubic lice treatments to dislodge them. Rashes, inflammation and raised red or brown marks are also symptoms of pubic lice. These could be allergic reactions to lice excrement or due to scratching/sensitivity.
 

 

 

Symptoms for Pubic Lice
Pubic lice symptoms may also include grey-blue markings on the skin where bites have taken place or small red/brown marks on clothing, skin and bedding from blood spots or droppings. If you experience any of these symptoms then you should seek the appropriate treatment as soon as possible. Please visit our Pubic Lice Treatment page for more information. Avoid passing lice on to others by being responsible and not having close body to body contact (sexual intercourse) until the lice have been cleared. If you know the source, then advise them immediately as they may not have experienced symptoms of pubic lice and be spreading them to others.

Thousands of people search to find out about different types of louse and how to get rid of them. Fortunately there are so many products available on line, you should be able to find what you want for your symptoms without too much of a problem. We hope that you have found this article a useful guide and that any questions you may have had have been answered. You will find that this website is a great resource, whether you are looking to learn more, purchase products to clear crabs or just seek some quiet information. Men, women and children can all be affected by crabs and we hope you have located the treatment you may need, be it a comb, lotion, cream, medication or shampoo. Treatments and remedies should be sought quickly if you show symptoms and know you have crabs you should seek medical advice so they cannot be spread to/or infect others.
 

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What are the symptoms of Pubic Lice

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