What is it? A parasitic infection of the pubic hair that may also affect other areas such as underarm, facial (not head) and leg hair.

 

How common is it? Uncommon. Note: they are not the same as head lice.

 

How can I catch it? Close body contact with an infected person and sexual contact.

 

What are the symptoms? Itching, inflammation of the affected area, blue coloured spots on the skin caused by bites, black “powder” or tiny blood spots in underwear.

 

How is it diagnosed? Examining the hair using a magnifying glass.

 

What is the treatment? Insect-killing cream, lotion or shampoo for 3-7 days.

 

What is the prognosis? Some minor complications such as skin and eye irritation.