Sunday, January 13, 2013
Don't like pubic lice? Get a Brazillian.
While those old topical standbys like Kwell & Rid will get rid of the little boogers for you after you pick them up, a new treatment is promising to eliminate them, habitat destruction.
Pubic lice, the crab-shaped insects that have dwelled in human groins since the beginning of history, are disappearing. Doctors say bikini waxing may be the reason.Habitat destruction is a proven method for extinction of species, it should work well. And it will end one other by-product. No more will you see the graffiti doggerel "It does no good to stand on the seat. The crabs in here jump fifteen feet."
Waning infestations of the bloodsuckers have been linked by doctors to pubic depilation, especially a technique popularized in the 1990s by a Manhattan salon run by seven Brazilian sisters. More than 80 percent of college students in the U.S. remove all or some of their pubic hair -- part of a trend that’s increasing in western countries. In Australia, Sydney’s main sexual health clinic hasn’t seen a woman with pubic lice since 2008 and male cases have fallen 80 percent from about 100 a decade ago.
“It used to be extremely common; it’s now rarely seen,” said Basil Donovan, head of sexual health at the University of New South Wales’s Kirby Institute and a physician at the Sydney Sexual Health Centre. “Without doubt, it’s better grooming.”
The trend suggests an alternative way of stemming one of the globe’s most contagious sexually transmitted infections. Pubic lice are usually treated with topical insecticides, which once included toxic ones developed before and during World War 2. While they aren’t known to spread disease, itchy skin reactions and subsequent infections make pubic lice a hazardous pest.
Clipping, waxing and shaving the groin destroy the optimal habitat of pubic lice.
Please do not drop tooth picks in this bathroom, the sabre toothed crotch crickets know how to pole vault.
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