|The actual size of an adult scabies mite is 1/64 inch. See a picture of your typical scabies mite below. |
- Scabies is a very easy to spread infection of the skin and is brought about by miniature mites.
- The Scabies Mite brings about the problem by tunnelling into ones skin to harbour eggs.
- The mite is all but invisible to the sufferer and it is a particularly common complaint to be affected with scabies.
- A female scabies mite burrows to lay, and barely into the very first layer of the skin. She eats the skin as she tunnels and stays in the burrow for her lifetime.
- Once safely in the burrow the scabies mite should begin laying almost at that moment and will do so more than once each day and over a period of up to two months.
- The scabies eggs hatch in a matter of days, and come out from the burrow to exist on a hair follicle.
- In as little as four days the scabies mite reaches laying age and searches for a mate, following which the female will start the process again, burrowing into the skin to lay her eggs.
- The Scabies sufferer might notice miniature bites or pimples at first and it is worth remembering that the mites thrive in warm and moist areas.
- Scabies will most frequently be seen in the armpits or on the chest, and in the genital area, the fingers, and anywhere where jewellery creates a warm spot.
- Areas where there are folds in the skin are often infected with the scabies mite and are usual spots for the mites to be found.
- Sufferers with Scabies could notice itching - often very intense and most likely at night - and the appearance of a red rash, and will be inclined to scratch the area infected.
- In youngsters it is general for the scabies mite to appear on the soles of the feet and the palms, in addition to on the scalp, while in babies it is usually the neck and head that are most often affected.
- Itching and irritation comes about as a result of an allergic reaction that the body undergoes thanks to the presence of the scabies mites, and is often very painful indeed.
- As the scabies irritation spreads the infected person will experience hardening of the skin, with crusty and scaly skin appearing in time.
- In persons with sensitive skin, or those with severe scabies infection nodular scabies can be the result.
- Nodular Scabies is a condition that is prevalent when debris left behind by the mite gets trapped under the skin.
- As scabies can become nasty and agonising if left untreated it is imperative that the best treatment is applied for the specified time.
- The elderly and people with susceptible immune systems are most likely to suffer from severe cases of scabies, and should be wary as a result.
- Like a number of similar conditions scabies is particularly contagious and it does not necessarily take one to come into direct contact with a case to become infected.
- Sleeping in a bed or resting in a chair that has been inhabited by a sufferer can bring about scabies infection, as can close contact with the individual.
- Scabies is sometimes found in nursing homes where the aged reside, and in people who work in the medical profession and come into contact with sufferers.
Last update: 09:35 AM Friday, April 3, 2009