They are usually found in the hair around genitals (pubic hair), therefore, called as pubic lice. The scientific name for pubic lice is Pthirus pubis and the condition is medically called as Pediculosis pubis. It is believed that the parasite can’t survive long without the warmth and humid human body, however; they can live up to 24 hours off the human body.
Crabs have three distinctive life stages; the egg or nit, the nymph, and the louse.
According to a report, there are nearly 3 million cases of Crabs in US, every year.
People below the poverty line are most susceptible to this disease as they live in very unhygienic ambiance. However, personal hygiene is not the only cause as a person is infected with pubic lice due to sexual contact with another infected person. Safety sex measures such as condoms also cannot prevent the transmission as the lice shelter in the pubic hair and are easily transmitted during the contact.
How is it spread?
The common form of transmission is sexual intercourse in most of the cases, however close contact with an infected person such as hugging and kissing may also result in transmission of the parasite. Rare mode of infestation includes through sharing of contaminated towels, bed sheets, clothing, etc.
The incubation period for pubic lice is generally five days, that is, you don’t get any symptoms of Crabs STDs within the first five days after exposure to the lice. Some of the most common symptoms include:
* Itching in the pubic region- the itching is caused by an allergic reaction to louse saliva and feces which is worse at night
* Red spots and skin lesions- small bumps or spots may appear
* Blue spots on the skin- especially on the thighs or lower abdomen
* Presence of lice or small egg sacs in pubic hair
* Mild fever
When a person suspects he or she has pubic lice infestation, they should visit their general physician, contraception clinic or sexual health clinic. Areas that are commonly affected by lice such as pubic region, armpits, coarse hair over the chest, abdomen, legs, etc. are observed with careful attention and if the characteristic symptoms such as itching, scratching and inflammation are found, then the patient is recommended for the treatment. In the case, where the person has been sexually active recently, his/her partner is also checked for the infection.
Crabs can be treated without visiting a doctor after a proper diagnosis. Various kinds of creams, lotions, and shampoos, easily available in the pharmacies do not require a prescription from a doctor. As some lice have developed resistance to certain lotions, and creams, doctors prescribe stronger treatments such as malathion, ivermectin, lindane, etc. when the initial treatments fail to cure. Shaving or bathing with a hot water and other home remedies may not work so you should better opt for pharmaceuticals once you are diagnosed with the infection.
Fast Food Addiction In Canada: Exploring The Trend
Aside from being highly addictive, the sugar and fat content of a typical fast food meal that you consume – which may include a salad, hamburger, fries, soda and a dairy dessert – can result to obesity and other health problems.
After consuming a serving of hamburger and fries, the blood sugar peaks – which in turn creates the craving for another snack. This vicious cycle leads to fast food addiction and without enough self-control, it is something that you can easily fall victim to.
To reduce your chances of being a junk food addict, try to visit a deli instead of a fast food restaurant when eating out. Exposing yourself to the temptation of ordering junk food will just make the situation – and the addiction worse, so try to avoid this type of establishment much as you can.