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Where do scabies come from?
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Most people catch scabies mites from person to person contact. You can also catch a scabies infestion if you come in contact with an item a scabies mite has burrowed into such as bedding, furniture or clothing.


Scabies Facts

  • Scabies is a very contagious condition of the skin and is brought about by miniature mites.
  • The Scabies Mite is the cause of the problem by burrowing into the skin to lay eggs.
  • The mite is all but invisible to the sufferer and it is a particularly common occurrence to be troubled with scabies.
  • A female scabies mite digs to lay, and just into the very upper layer of the skin. She eats the skin as she goes and stays in the burrow for her lifetime.
  • Once living in the burrow the scabies mite should start laying almost straight away and will do so more than once each day and over a period of up to two months.
  • The scabies eggs hatch in a little number of days, and emerge from the burrow to live on the hair follicle.
  • In as few as four days the scabies mite reaches adulthood and looks for a mate, after which the female will begin the process again, burrowing into the skin to lay her eggs.
  • The Scabies patient could notice tiny bites or pimples at first and it is worth remembering that the mites thrive in warm and moist areas.
  • Scabies will most likely be seen in the armpits or on the chest, and in the genital area, the fingers, and anywhere where jewellery forms a warm enclave.
  • Areas where there are hiding places in the skin are often infected with the scabies mite and are usual spots for the condition to be found.
  • Patients with Scabies could 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 affected.
  • In youngsters it is usual for the scabies mite to appear on the soles of the feet and the palms, and maybe also on the scalp, while in babies it is usually the neck and head that are most often affected.
  • Itching and irritation comes about becausae of an allergic reaction that the body gives up to the presence of the scabies mites, and is sometimes very painful indeed.
  • As the scabies irritation spreads the sufferer could experience hardening of the skin, with crusty and scaly spots appearing in time.
  • In people with sensitive skin, or those with aggressive scabies signs nodular scabies could be the result.
  • Nodular Scabies is a type that comes about when debris left behind by the mite gets embedded under the skin.
  • As scabies could become complicated and painful if left untreated it is imperative that the correct treatment is given for the specified time.
  • The aged and those with weak immune systems are particularly likely to suffer from severe cases of scabies, and should be concerned as a result.
  • Like lots of similar complaints scabies is notably contagious and it does not necessarily take one to come into direct contact with a patient to become infected.
  • Resting in a bed or relaxing in a chair that has been used by a sufferer can bring about scabies infection, as can close contact with the sufferer.
  • Scabies is frequently found in nursing homes where the older generation reside, and in people who work in the health profession and come into contact with cases.



Tony said, “ I always thought scabies came from animals. I didn’t know it was passed from person to person.” 

DeShauna Z. said, “I remember when one of the local schools had the close a room off and pull out the carpet and everything because there was an outbreak of scabies in the classroom. Kids just kept getting it. It was really upsetting to the parents. I guess people are not aware of how highly contagious scabies are. They were letting their kids go to school and mix with other kids. At least the school did the right thing and shut it down.” 

Kalana M. from San Antonio, Tx said, “I thought scabies came from a dog or cat with mange. I thought I read that somewhere I guess I was mistaken. Ignorance is not bliss. It can be very dangerous.” 

T. A. writes, “I thought scabies only lived in humans. If you were treating the person, that’s all you had to worry about. I didn’t know they could be in your furniture or in your carpet. Someone may have already asked this question but does vacuuming help? Could you actually vacuum the mites up? Would that get rid of them?” 

Last update: 09:37 AM Friday, April 3, 2009

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