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How long can scabies mites live off of the body?
 
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A scabies mite can live in bedding or other areas for up to 72 hours before they need to get on a host again.

 

Scabies Facts

  • Scabies is a very versatile condition of the skin that is brought about by minisacule mites.
  • The Scabies Mite causes the problem by burrowing into the skin to lay eggs.
  • The mite is practically invisible to us and it is a generally common occurrence to be infected with scabies.
  • A female scabies mite digs to lay, and only into the very top layer of the skin. She eats the skin as she tunnels and lives in the burrow for her lifetime.
  • Once safely in the burrow the scabies mite should begin laying almost straight away and will do so more than once a 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 our hair follicle.
  • In as few as four days the scabies mite reaches maturity and searches for a mate, after which the female will start the process again, burrowing into the skin to lay her eggs.
  • The Scabies infected person may notice tiny bites or pimples initially and it is worth knowing that the mites love to live 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 forms a warm enclave.
  • Areas where there are folds in the skin are popular with the scabies mite and are prime spots for the mites to be found.
  • Those infected 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 infected.
  • In younger patients 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 is 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 suffering grows the infected person could experience hardening of the skin, with crusty and scaly areas appearing in time.
  • In persons with easily affected skin, or those with aggressive scabies suffering nodular scabies can be the result.
  • Nodular Scabies is a condition which is prevalent when debris left behind by the mite becomes left under the skin.
  • As scabies may become nasty and severe if left untreated it is imperative that the correct treatment is given for the specified time.
  • The older generations and others with susceptible immune systems are most likely to suffer from severe cases of scabies, and should be concerned as a result.
  • Like lots of similar problems scabies is highly contagious and it does not necessarily take one to come into direct contact with a patient to become infected.
  • Lying in a bed or sitting in a chair that has been inhabited by a sufferer can bring about scabies infection, as can close contact with the individual.
  • Scabies is frequently found in nursing homes where the aged reside, and in people who work in the health profession and come into contact with cases.

Last update: 04:24 PM Thursday, April 2, 2009

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