Sexual diseases: crab louse and scabies

Crab louse

A crab louse is a small insect that can cause big problems.

A crab louse is a small, light brown insect that sticks on the hair’s root and sucks blood to survive while laying its eggs on pubic hair.

What does the disease look like?

Little, red, or blue wounds that itch can occur on the area where the louse was drinking blood. Crab louse is usually spread by physical contact and stays on hairy areas. Strong itching is usually the first sign while scratching the infected area can cause further diseases and red coloring. Inspecting the vagina in detail, crab louse, with their length of 1 to 2 millimeters, can be seen with the naked eye. Sometimes they can be found on the chest, in armpits, and rarely on eyebrows, eyelashes, or beards. The usual method of spreading crab louse is during sexual contact, close physical contact, or using unwashed sheets or clothing that were used by the infected person, in view of the fact that crab lice can survive beyond the body for a few hours. The symptoms can occur at different periods of time, sometimes even after a few weeks.

What should I do?

It would be great if you visit your practitioner, although shampoos and lotions can be bought in pharmacies without prescriptions. Carefully follow the instructions and, after a week, repeat the same if the crab louse is still present. Itching can still be present for a few days after treating the crab lice. It’s very important that you also treat your sex partner. Wash all of your clothing, sheets, and towels you’ve used the last few days.

How to cure the disease?

An adequate therapy should totally remove the crab lice. Notify all your sex partners that they could potentially be diseased. Stay away from sexual relations until you are sure that the crab louse is removed.

Scabies

You will recognize Scabies with strong itching and red coloring on the infected areas.

Itching is a disease caused by a mite usually known as Sarcoptes scabei. The female digs under the skin’s surface where she lays her eggs. Very tiny, hardly visible tracks mark the routes on which these insects move and lay eggs. The itching is spread by long-lasting skin contact with the infected person (you won’t get infected by a usual handshake), sexual contact, or using the infected person’s clothes, sheets and towels. The itching can be spread by lice or by eggs. A quick reaction is necessary if you want to eliminate these parasites.

What does the disease look like? If the person had never been contaminated with itching, symptoms occur for about 4-6 weeks. The person who had been contaminated before will develop symptoms in a few days. The usual symptoms are strong itching (especially at night), and red coloring on the itching areas. The usual areas on which itching occurs are fingers, the skin between fingers, the backside of arms, elbows, armpits, breast nipples, thighs, waste, sexual organs, and the area that surrounds the anus. If the disease isn’t treated, the females will continue to lay eggs for the next 5 weeks or so. New lice will hatch for about 3 weeks and a whole new cycle would occur. The actual lice are too small to be seen with the naked eye.

What should I do?

It’s very important that you quickly consult your practitioner. A wrong diagnosis is a common problem with itching. It is usually set by locating the routes, which is very difficult because of the route’s small size and because they are covered with scratch and infection marks. If the routes aren’t located in the infected areas, the whole body must be examined. The diagnosis can be confirmed by examining the part of the body with a microscope where the routes were previously located.

How to treat the itching?

There are a number of lotions that can be used to treat the itching. You should always carefully stick to the instructions you received from your practitioner. Wash all of your clothes, sheets, and towels in hot water and dry them in warm air. If necessary, repeat the method after 7-10 days. Most cases of itching can be cured without long-term consequences.

How to eliminate the disease?

The person could again be diseased with itching because the lice can survive for a few days without a host. That is why it is important to carefully wash all clothes, sheets, and towels you’ve used for the last few days. To eliminate a new disease, family members and sexual partners should simultaneously treat the disease.

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