|Scabies mites do not leave black specks. Normally, this is associated with an ailment called skin parasites. Seeing black specks on clothing and furniture has been reported by people suffering with this problem. |
- Scabies is a very contagious infection of the skin and is caused by minisacule mites.
- The Scabies Mite is the cause of the infection by burrowing into our skin to harbour eggs.
- The mite is practically invisible to the human eye and it is a particularly common occurrence to be affected with scabies.
- A female scabies mite burrows to lay, and barely into the very top layer of the skin. She eats the skin as she burrows and lives in the burrow for her lifetime.
- Once living in the burrow the scabies mite might begin laying almost immediately 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 come out from the burrow to feast on the hair follicle.
- In as little as four days the scabies mite reaches laying age and hunts for a mate, after which the female will go over the process again, burrowing into the skin to lay her eggs.
- The Scabies infected person may notice miniature bites or pimples in the first instance and it is worth remembering that the mites thrive in warm and moist areas.
- Scabies will most frequently occur in the armpits or on the chest, and in the genital area, the fingers, and anywhere where jewellery forms a warm spot.
- Parts of the body where there are creases in the skin are often infected with the scabies mite and are prime spots for the infection to be found.
- Patients with Scabies could notice irritation - 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 younger patients 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 often the neck and head that are most often affected.
- Itching and irritation is thanks to an allergic reaction that the body has to the presence of the scabies mites, and is often very harmful indeed.
- As the scabies irritation increases the infected person will experience hardening of the skin, with crusty and scaly areas appearing in time.
- In those with sensitive skin, or those with severe scabies suffering nodular scabies can be the result.
- Nodular Scabies is a disease which comes about when debris left behind by the mite gets trapped under the skin.
- As scabies could become complicated and painful if left untreated it is imperative that the right treatment is given for the specified time.
- The elderly and others with susceptible immune systems are particularly likely to suffer from severe cases of scabies, and should be wary as a result.
- Like lots of similar complaints scabies is very contagious and it does not necessarily take one to come into direct contact with a sufferer to become infected.
- Lying in a bed or relaxing in a chair that has been inhabited by a sufferer can cause scabies infection, as can close contact with the patient.
- Scabies is often found in nursing homes where the older generation reside, and in people who work in the attached profession and come into contact with patients.
Last update: 02:26 PM Thursday, April 2, 2009