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It is very important you treat your home for scabies mites. You would need to put plastic mattress covers over the beds, wash all lines, and place all sheets and blankets in a dryer on high for at least 20 minutes every day.

All clothing should be laundered and it is recommended to place these in the dryer for 20 minutes also before wearing.

You also need to treat any other furniture as well as car seats and office chairs for scabies mites. Carpets and upholstery need to be thoroughly vacuumed and then dispose of the bag to kill scabies mites and scabies eggs.

Items can also be placed in a sealed plastic bag and put away. If the mites do not get a meal within a week, they die.

 

Scabies Facts

  • Scabies is a very contagious disease of the skin and is inflicted by tiny mites.
  • The Scabies Mite causes the infection by tunnelling into the skin to harbour eggs.
  • The mite is all but invisible to us and it is a particularly common thing to be affected with scabies.
  • A female scabies mite tunnels to lay, and only into the very top layer of the skin. She eats the skin as she tunnels and stays 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 are born in a little number of days, and come out from the burrow to live on the hair follicle.
  • In as few as four days the scabies mite reaches maturity and hunts for a mate, after which the female will start 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 being aware that the mites thrive in warm and moist areas.
  • Scabies will most frequently be present in the armpits or on the chest, as well as the genital area, the fingers, and anywhere where jewellery forms a warm and safe place.
  • Parts of the body where there are folds in the skin are attractive to the scabies mite and are prime spots for the condition to be found.
  • Patients with Scabies could notice irritation - often very intense and most commonly at night - and the appearance of a red rash, and will be inclined to scratch the area concerned.
  • In youngsters it is common 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 as a result of an allergic reaction that the body has to the presence of the scabies mites, and is sometimes very harmful indeed.
  • As the scabies irritation increases the sufferer may experience hardening of the skin, with crusty and scaly spots appearing in time.
  • In those with easily affected skin, or those with aggressive scabies infection nodular scabies can be the result.
  • Nodular Scabies is a type that occurs when debris left behind by the mite becomes embedded under the skin.
  • As scabies can become serious and agonising if left untreated it is essential that the best treatment is used for the specified time.
  • The elderly and others with weak immune systems are particularly likely to suffer from serious cases of scabies, and should be wary as a result.
  • Like a number of similar problems scabies is very contagious and it does not necessarily require one to come into direct contact with a case to become infected.
  • Resting in a bed or relaxing in a chair that has been used 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 health profession and come into contact with cases.

 

Comments:

Jodi M. said, ď I have heard conflicting answers to this question. Some people say that you donít have to treat your house for scabies because they canít live unless theyíre ON a human host. Then other people say you should treat it like lice. Clean everything. Treat the furniture carpet, etc. Put pillows and cushions in the dryer or bag them up for a few weeks. So basically what youíre saying is that itís kind of like lice you have to treat everything because they can hide on stuff. You need to make sure youíve killed them all. I guess itís better to be on the safe side, and just do it.Ē 

Roxanne L., ďIíve said this before and Iíll say it again. Use PuracleenRX. I donít even need anything else to clean my house. You canít go wrong this product. It doesnít contain any pesticides. Itís non-toxic and safe for use around kids. It kills the scabies and disinfects other germs, too.Ē 

Mandy R. says, ďScabies will not just disappear. You have to be careful so youíre not spreading around. Make sure you donít miss anything, like coats, hats, blankets, and towels. Itís a pain, but if you only have to do it once consider yourself lucky.Ē 

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