Pubic lice are commonly called as “crabs”. It is because when kept under a microscope, the six-legged creature is similar to a crab in appearance. Pubic lice usually infest the hair in the pubic area, although they can infest any other body hair. In most cases, pubic lice get transmitted through sexual contact. However, instances in which they get transmitted through infested clothing, towels, and bedding are not rare. If someone in the house has pubic lice, enough care should be taken to avoid its transmission.
Generally, people with pubic lice experience severe itchiness. It gets worsened during night when the lice become active. The creatures bury their head within the pubic hair and flourish on the person’s blood.
In some people, the lice bites lead to inflammation. The skin in the infected area gets inflamed when the proteins in the saliva of the lice get into the body. Constant itching of the inflamed area leads to bacterial infection. Scratching also makes the transmission of pubic lice much easier.
An infestation that is done by adult lice results in an early manifestation of symptoms. In young children, pubic lice might lead to blepharitis. This is a disorder characterized by irritation or infection of the eyelids. If lice are suspected, the child’s eye lashes should also be scrutinized thoroughly under a microscope.
Unlike fleas, lice cannot jump from person to person. They also cannot be contracted from animals.
So, if they happen to fall out of a person’s body, they are likely to be killed. If you suspect a pubic lice infection in the family, avoid the use of common towels and beddings. No clothing item should be shared with the infected person. It is also advisable to abstain from engaging in sexual relationship with the affected person. A teenager who is being treated for pubic lice should also be tested for other sexually transmitted diseases.