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Can you catch scabies twice?
 
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You can catch scabies multiple times. Some people never catch scabies while others can catch it several times. 

 

Scabies Facts

  • Scabies is a notably contagious infection of the skin and is inflicted by miniature mites.
  • The Scabies Mite causes the condition by burrowing into our skin to harbour eggs.
  • The mite is all but invisible to us and it is a generally common thing to be infected with scabies.
  • A female scabies mite digs to lay, and only into the very upper layer of the skin. She eats the skin as she goes and stops in the burrow for her lifetime.
  • Once safely in the burrow the scabies mite will initiate laying almost at that moment and will do so more than once a day and over a period of up to two months.
  • The scabies eggs become young mites in a little number of days, and come out from the burrow to feast on our hair follicle.
  • In as few as four days the scabies mite reaches maturity and looks for a mate, following which the female will begin the process again, burrowing into the skin to lay her eggs.
  • The Scabies sufferer might notice small bites or pimples at first and it is worth knowing that the mites breed in warm and moist areas.
  • Scabies will most frequently be seen in the armpits or on the chest, or the genital area, the fingers, and anywhere where jewellery presents a warm enclave.
  • Places where there are creases in the skin are attractive to the scabies mite and are prime spots for the condition to be found.
  • Sufferers with Scabies will notice irritation - often very intense and most often at night - and the appearance of a red rash, and will be inclined to scratch the area infected.
  • In youngsters it is common for the scabies mite to thrive on the soles of the feet and the palms, and also on the scalp, while in babies it is often the neck and head that are most often affected.
  • Itching and irritation comes about thanks to an allergic reaction that the body has to the presence of the scabies mites, and is usually very painful indeed.
  • As the scabies irritation grows the patient may experience hardening of the skin, with crusty and scaly spots appearing in time.
  • In persons with easily affected skin, or those with severe scabies infection nodular scabies could be the result.
  • Nodular Scabies is a disease which occurs when debris left behind by the mite gets trapped under the skin.
  • As scabies can become serious and severe if left untreated it is imperative that the best treatment is given for the specified time.
  • The aged and those with susceptible immune systems are particularly likely to suffer from severe cases of scabies, and should be wary as a result.
  • Like many similar complaints scabies is notably contagious and it does not necessarily need one to come into direct contact with a patient to become infected.
  • Sleeping in a bed or sitting in a chair that has been slept or sat in by a sufferer can cause scabies infection, as can close contact with the sufferer.
  • Scabies is sometimes found in nursing homes where the older generation reside, and in persons who work in the medical profession and come into contact with cases.

Last update: 01:25 PM Thursday, April 2, 2009

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