Another pandemic looms among UK women

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A woman having an armpit waxing. Body bikini waxing for women is a way of preventing pubic lice infection due to hair grow out. Photo credit: relaxbeautymassage.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pubic lice pandemic looms among UK women as they could not use bikini waxes during the coronavirus lockdown

 

The pubic lice appear to stay around, at least for as long as humans stay due to changing social attitudes to pubic hair removal, resistance to treatments, and cold weather.

The incidence of pubic lice infestations is estimated to be between 1.3% and 4.6%, with an average incidence of 2% globally.

Pubic lice are tiny insects that live on coarse human hair that can cause severe itching and skin inflammation

 

Pubic lice pandemic looms among UK women as they could not use bikini waxes during coronavirus lockdown, according to a media report.

This meant that many UK women, who would usually opt for Hollywood or Brazilian waxes, were left wondering how to tame their lady gardens. While many UK women opted for other methods such as shaving or hair removal creams, some likely allowed it to grow out. Waxing remains a popular form of hair removal.

For many years scientists have warned that pubic lice were on the out, and experts now believe that the lice are here to stay and claim they have “clung on” to their natural habitat.

 

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Dermatologists presenting at the Virtual Annual Meeting of the British Association of Dermatologists have claimed that lice might be sticking around, at least for as long as humans are staying.

Dermatologists from Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital said that changing social attitudes to pubic hair removal, resistance to treatments, and climate change are three factors why lice are here to stay.

They also claimed that lice have been known to increase during cold weather which increases the chances of pockets of pithris pubis (pubic louse) springing up, where previously they have not flourished.

The medical experts further revealed that the presence of hair attracts pubic lice and lice are becoming resistant to chemical treatments such as permethrin, this makes eliminating them harder.

Studies have previously suggested that up to 80 percent of adults now remove pubic hair, either partly or entirely and it was also found that the incidence of pubic lice infestations is estimated to be between 1.3% and 4.6%, with an average incidence of 2% globally.

Pubic lice are tiny insects that live on coarse human hair. They can be found around pubic hair, facial hair, underarm hair, eyelashes, and hair on the chest

Symptoms of pubic hair on an affected person include black powder in your underwear; an itch in the affected area; inflammation because of the itching; small drops of blood on your skin due to lice bites.

 

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