Lice nest in the male genital area

Phu-ThoA 35-year-old man with itching, discomfort in the genital area, went to Hung Vuong General Hospital for examination and testing for parasites.

On July 21, doctors at Hung Vuong General Hospital said that the patient itch many genital areas, especially at night, the itchy area sores and oozes pus. Test results, X-ray revealed a multi-leg pubic louse clinging very firmly to the patient’s pubic hair and the surrounding damaged genital area. The doctor could not count the number of lice, prescribed medicine for the patient and instructed to clean the affected area every day.

X-ray image of a louse attached to a patient’s hair. Image: Hospital provides

Lice are many-legged insects, often parasitic and clinging very firmly to the skin or pores on the body, especially in the genital area. Lice are small in size, often difficult to detect.

Pubic lice are usually transmitted through sexual contact, common in adults. The disease is transmitted by personal contact or through items such as clothing, bed linen, or towels used by an infected person.

According to doctors, the proportion of men with the disease tends to be higher than that of women due to their thicker, denser hair. These are favorable conditions for lice to multiply, develop and spread to others. After parasitizing on the pubic area, the adult lice will begin the process of reproduction and development. Normally, lice eggs hatch after about 7-10 days and feed on host blood to live and develop.

Doctors recommend that people need to regularly clean, bathe daily, keep the body clean, use a separate face towel. When there are symptoms of itching, skin rash and redness, it is necessary to seek medical attention for timely examination, detection and treatment.

Thuy An


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