Ectoparasites as sexually transmitted diseases

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1994
Authors:H. B. Routh, Mirensky, Y. M., Parish, L. Charles, Witkowski, J. A.
Journal:Seminars in Dermatology
Pagination:243 - 247
Date Published:1994
ISBN Number:0278-145X
Keywords:animals, humans, Lice Infestations/diagnosis/transmission, Lice/physiology, Sarcoptes scabiei, scabies, sexually transmitted disease

Although Sarcoptes scabii and Phthirus pubis infestations in humans are not always associated with the presence of other sexually transmitted diseases, usually they are. Therefore, patients presenting with scabies or P. pubis should be routinely tested for various sexually transmitted diseases. These very uncomfortable infestations are easily curable with proper therapy. Lindane 1% preparations effectively exterminate both vermin. We have not seen any resistant strains. Especially with P. pubis, all household contacts should be treated to avoid reinfestation.

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