Scabies

Sarcoptes scabiei

Cause

Scabies is caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei. Scabies mites are attracted to the warmth and smell of the human body. Female bites burrow into the skin, creating small, threadlike tunnels that you can sometimes see. The mites leave eggs and feces in these tunnels.

Transmission

Scabies is usually spread by close, intimate contact, such as sleeping in the same bed with or touching someone who has scabies. The scabies mite cannot fly or jump, and it moves very slowly.

Is It Contagious?

Scabies is contagious. If you have scabies, you can spread mites to other people before and after you have symptoms, for as long as you remain infested and untreated. After your first infestation, several weeks may pass before you experience any symptoms.

Can It Be Treated?

If you are diagnosed with scabies, the doctor will prescribe you with an ointment to apply the infected areas below you neck. You would apply the cream at night and rinse it off in the shower the next morning. The doctor would more than like prescribe the whole house with the cream to use to make sure it does not spread to other family members.

Symptoms

- Itching

- Irritated skin (rash or skin sores will evolve)

Diagnoses

The doctor can normally diagnose by the symptoms you have. If the doctor needs further assurance, they will take a sample of your skin and look for mites underneath the microscope.

Treatment

The doctor will prescribe a topical cream but if it is a severe case the doctor will prescribe you with pills.

Mortality Rate

Scabies is not life-threatening. It is 100% treatable. No one can die from scabies.

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