Finding lice on their eyelashes, many mistakenly think that this is a pediculosis that has moved from the head. In fact, this phenomenon has its own name - fthiracy, which is characterized as pubic pediculosis.
It sounds strange, but pubic lice are able to "linger" on the lashes. These parasites settle on the pubis, underarms, and more rarely on the eyebrows and eyelashes. Lice cling to the skin at the root of the hair and feed on human blood. Another unpleasant feature - namely pubic lice can cause palpebral lice, and cause unpleasant consequences for the eyes. Also these parasites are very small - up to three millimeters, usually yellow, look like crabs. They move little, but multiply rapidly, laying eggs every day. Adult parasites live up to 30 days. Causes of the occurrence The possibility of contracting this disease is extremely rare, but despite this there are several causes of infection:
- 1. The surest way of infection is from contact with the patient. Most often this is a sexual intercourse with a carrier of pubic lice, which quickly move to a healthy body, then settling higher on the body, for example, on eyelashes.
- 2. Infection with close contact with the patient is also possible - handshakes, hugs, kisses - all this leads to an indispensable disease.
- 3. Another cause of infection is the presence of pubic lice. At the moment when the patient tries to eliminate the itch on the pubic and starts scratching the infected area, skin and nits get to the fingernail, which, when touched with the eyes and eyelashes, quickly move to a new zone.
- 4. In addition to infection from the carrier in direct contact, it is possible to pick up lice through personal hygiene items - a towel, headdress, bed linens, etc.
- 5. Since lice themselves do not live without a parasitized organism for more than a day, they are replaced by eggs - nits, which are able to live for several days and cause ftyriasis in a healthy body. Therefore, it is very cautious to visit such public places as a swimming pool, a sauna, a beach, a solarium, a water park, etc.
Symptoms of infection
Before you start the symptoms of pediculosis, let's see how the lice act on the body. First of all, they tightly attach to the hair and make a bite on the skin, feeding on human blood. At this point they release a certain liquid that causes irritation and itching.
After saturation, lice in the wound are secreted, which does not allow to curl up the skin and the person develops small, long unhealed wounds. Then there is a pairing between the individuals and laying eggs, about seven pieces. The nits are attached to the hair very tightly, and they can not be removed without exposure, they also stay in place even with water procedures. There are several symptoms of fthiarasis:
The first symptom is the appearance of itching in the eyelid, and especially at the root of the eyelashes. Sometimes, the intensity of carding changes to the times of the day. For example, in the daytime parasites are less active, and at night they are activated and there is the greatest desire to scratch the eyelashes. Similarly, a tumor of the eyelid may arise, in exceptional cases - it is impossible to open the eye. Eyelashes begin to stick together, and there is a feeling of thickened eyelashes, with a spray, since they are attached to the nits. It looks rather strange, because the eggs themselves are almost invisible. In those places where there were scratching, there are vesicles and pustules, reminiscent of small pimples with accumulated fluid inside. Just at the base of the eyelashes appear black - brown spots that resemble remnants of cosmetic products - a pencil or carcass. In fact, it is excrement of parasites and eggs, which can be considered under a magnifying glass.
These symptoms are conditional and can occur in other diseases, therefore, for effective treatment it is necessary to go to the doctor and conduct a detailed diagnosis.