Red, itchy, inflamed eyes could be a symptom of many ailments, but a local ophthalmologist discovered an unexpected source of a patient’s discomfort recently when he found the eggs of pubic lice in her eyelashes.
Pubic lice are usually found in pubic hair and are often transmitted through direct sexual contact, said eye doctor Wang Szu-hung (王司宏) of the Shu-tien Urology Ophthalmology Clinic.
“However, this was a rare case where the pubic lice jumped onto the patient’s eyelashes. In fact, it was my first clinical encounter [with the phenomenon],” Wang said.
Wang said a 28-year-old female patient surnamed Chang (張) came to the clinic suspecting that her cat or her contact lenses were the most likely cause of her eye inflammation.
An examination found, however, that pubic lice, which are shaped like crabs with three strong pairs of legs that grab on to hair, had brought on the irritation.
If left untreated, they could have caused a severe infection, but Wang dealt with the problem by plucking out the eyelashes that were infested with the lice and applying an anti-inflammatory cream to those that were unaffected.
The doctor advised people to maintain good personal hygiene and refrain from sharing towels and bed linen with other people to avoid coming into contact with the pubic bugs.
FATAL FIRE: The health department is trying to contact the inspector who visited the site of the illegal nursing home to ask why they did not advise follow-up checks The Taipei City Government yesterday said that a health department inspector last year had visited the site of a long-term care facility in Neihu District (內湖) after receiving a report questioning its status. A fire broke out at the facility on Tuesday afternoon, killing three people. The Taipei Fire Department said that it received a report about a fire on the first floor of a four-story residential building on Kangning Road Sec. 1 at 2:38pm on Tuesday, firefighters arrived at 2:43pm and the fire was put out by 3:07pm. The firefighters found three men in beds and rushed them to hospital for
THE CHINA CONNECTION: As Beijing’s aggression increases, so does Taiwanese consciousness, making a new constitution imperative, Hsu Wei-chun said If the nation is to ratify a new constitution, it must first end any illusions about the current document’s relevance to Taiwan, an academic told a forum in Taipei yesterday. For the constitutional revisionist movement to succeed, it needs public enthusiasm, the right timing and a clear plan of action, Chung Yuan Christian University associate professor Hsu Wei-chun (徐偉群) told attendees at the event titled “Imagining a New Constitution for a New Era,” which was organized by the National Taiwan University Graduate Student Association. The Constitution exists under the “one China” framework and has little relevance to Taiwan, Hsu said, adding that
Yuchi Township (魚池) fishers have appealed to the Nantou County Government for help in dealing with an invasive fish species in Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), where it has devastated the local ecosystem. Fishers at Sun Moon Lake have been using electrofishing in an attempt to eliminate the giant snakehead fish — found in Africa and Southeast Asia — but they have struggled to keep up with the growing population of the species, which breeds during September and October, the county government said on Monday. The county has contacted researchers at National Tsing Hua University, saying it hoped they could come up
Former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) yesterday urged Beijing to respect the median line of the Taiwan Strait by immediately stopping its military intimidation of Taiwan, as such actions would only hurt the feelings of Taiwanese. Beijing should immediately stop making military provocations against Taiwan, Ma wrote on Facebook after Chinese warplanes in the past week have made numerous forays across the median line that divides the Taiwan Strait. Although it has never officially acknowledged the median line, Beijing used to respect it, Ma said in response to comments on Monday by Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Wang Wenbin (汪文斌), who said