Though this kind of blood-sucking invasion in the said area is quite rare, another case of eyelash lice infestation was caught on cam, but this time it’s a different kind of lice – that kind usually found in pubic hair.
The blood-sucking parasite is called crab lice also known as Pthirus pubis.
In this cringing video, crab lice can be seen swarming a six-year-old boy’s eyelashes.
The clip shows the parasites crawling through the hairs just above the child’s eyelid while one of them moves through its dense surroundings before sinking its barbed feelers into the skin.
Adult crab lice are about 2mm long and are yellow-grey or dusky red in color and attach themselves to the base of the hairs.
The creatures are called crab lice because they look like crabs. They do not transmit HIV or other sexually transmitted infections, but since it’s a pubic lice, it is recommended to have a sexual health check-up according to NHS.
Watch the cringing video:
The NHS said that the pubic lice can also be found in underarm and leg hair, hair on the chest, abdomen, and back, facial hair and eyelashes, and eyebrows, as well as in the pubic region. However, they are not linked to poor personal hygiene and are spread through close body contact, sharing clothes, towels, and bedding. They feed on human blood to survive and cannot fly or jump.
If your eyelashes have been infested with pubic crab lice, eye infections such as conjunctivitis, and eye inflammation may also develop.
It is best to consult your physician first if you think you have pubic lice. A special kind of shampoo or lotion is usually prescribed by doctors to treat pubic lice.