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Scabies


What is it? Pubic lice are parasites that live in the hair around the genitals (sex organs). Scabies are mites (tiny insects) that burrow under the skin, usually in the genital area.

How do you get it? Pubic lice and scabies are transmitted from person to person in two ways:

  • Mostly by sexual contact, but also by other forms of close physical contact.
  • Using towels, clothing, bedding, etc. that is infested with lice or mites.

    Condoms will NOT protect you from pubic lice and scabies.

What are the symptoms? Both pubic lice and scabies cause severe itching. Scabies create reddish furrows under the skin in the genital area, in the butt, between fingers, in folds of the skin, under arms, and on the feet.

How can you know for sure? Lice or nits (the eggs of lice) may be seen in the pubic hair. Seeing them is proof that you've got them. A doctor may need to use a microscope to identify the scabies mite or its eggs.

How is it treated?

  • With a prescribed lotion or shampoos to kill the critters on your body.
  • Wash all clothing and bedding in hot water (to kill critters in your clothes and sheets)
  • Have these people checked at the same time:
    • People you sleep with
    • People you share a bed with
    • People you share clothing with
    • People you have close physical contact with

What can happen if you don't take care of it?

  • May lead to bacterial infection (because of the scratching which opens the skin and leaves your body open to infection).
  • May spread to other people
  • Symptoms (that darn itching) may get worse!

 

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