Oh the things we do for love. The silly things we say, the time we waste. The infections we fester.
Skin irritation brought on by either shaving, clipping or waxing the genital area could explain the recent increase among healthy adults of a minor sexually transmitted virus called molluscum contagiosum, the researchers suggest.
“Genital hair removal has become a fashion phenomenon in the last decade,” noted case study lead author Dr. Francois Desruelles, of the department of dermatology at Archet Hospital in Nice.
“At the same time, the number of cases of molluscum contagiosum has risen,” he added. — philly.com
You can read it for yourself — but you won‘t: it’s astonishing you’re still even reading blogs, ferchrissake — and get the gory details. Here’s a few:
[T]he authors studied 30 infected French patients who sought the services of a private skin care clinic in Nice in 2011 and 2012. The average age of the patients was about 30 years, and 24 of them were men. To varying degrees, all displayed the telltale signs of infection: pearl-like, raised skin bumps.
Almost all of the patients had undergone pubic hair removal, the investigators found. Shaving was the method of choice for 70 %; 10 % chose waxing and 13 % chose clipping. One-third of the patients suffered from an assortment of other skin issues, such as warts, bacterial skin infections, cysts, scars, and/or ingrown hairs. But the authors theorized that ultimately the pox virus may have spread through “self-infection,” meaning scratching irritated skin, which was likely provoked by the hair removal process.
So it wasn’t the shaving or waxing that was creating the problem, it was their subsequent scratching. Like dogs back from the groomers, they couldn’t keep their paws off the itchy areas treated, and the more they went after themselves, the worse they made it.
It sounds to me — and I have some experience in this area (pardon the pun) — that these young studs were probably not taking their self-grooming as seriously as they should. The crotch area is sensitive on many levels, including the skin. It’s a whole lot more tender than your face, not to mention better looking.
Don’t take short cuts (sorry). You need to soap thoroughly, and use a sharp blade. Abe Lincoln, President and champion rail splitter, once said that if he was allotted a half hour to fell a large tree, he’d spend 20 minutes sharpening his axe and 10 minutes cutting. Shaving your nuts is just like that. It’s mostly prep work. And for the love of god, don’t do it drunk!
Yeah….been there, too.
It’ also worth mentioning, without comment, that this study originated in France.