Journal article

Severe complications of a "Brazilian" bikini wax

Claire Dendle, Sheila Mulvey, Felicity Pyrlis, M Lindsay Grayson, Paul DR Johnson

CLINICAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES | UNIV CHICAGO PRESS | Published : 2007

Abstract

A 20-year-old Australian woman with poorly controlled type 1 diabetes presented with life-threatening Streptococcus pyogenes and Herpes simplex infection of her external genitalia following a routine perineal "Brazilian" bikini wax. Extensive pubic hair removal is now common among young adults in Australia and elsewhere. However, the infectious risks of these practices, particularly among immunosuppressed individuals, are often underappreciated.