Pubic Lice Symptoms
Pubic lice symptoms often start with intense itching around the groin area. Others notice raised bumps, bugs, and eggs in the area. Pubic lice are a common sexually transmitted disease.
- The most common symptom of pubic lice is itching. Itching occurs because the lice bite the skin to feed off of human blood. As they suck the blood, their saliva enters the blood stream causing an allergic and an itchy sensation. Itching typically worsens at night, when lice are most active.
- Some people may notice the infected skin appears red and irritated. There may be raised bumps that look like bruises. These bumps are found where the lice are biting the skin to get blood.
- If you have pubic lice you will notice tiny crab like bugs in the pubic hair. The bugs are grayish in color and have six legs. Four the legs look similar to crab claws. The lice bugs use the claws to latch on to the hair.
- Another symptom pubic lice leave behind are their nits. Female pubic lice lay little eggs. The eggs are oval shape and a light brown color. They are often found close to the base of the hair and are hard to remove just by touching.
- Other notable symptoms of pubic lice include a mild fever and feeling run down. The body tries to fight off the lice saliva by raising the body’s temperature. The run down feeling comes from the blood loss. It is also common to see red spots inside underwear from the bites.
Posted on: Oct. 31, 2010