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What is the difference between scabies and shingles?
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Shingles is a skin rash, but it is not the same as the scabies rash. Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. Scabies rash is caused by tiny microscopic mites. Other than itchy skin and rashes as symptoms these two ailments are not related.


Scabies Facts

  • Scabies is a notably contagious condition of the skin and is caused by minisacule mites.
  • The Scabies Mite brings about the problem by burrowing into ones skin to lay eggs.
  • The mite is practically invisible to the sufferer and it is a particularly common complaint to be troubled with scabies.
  • A female scabies mite tunnels to lay, and just into the very first layer of the skin. She eats the skin as she burrows and stops in the burrow for her lifetime.
  • Once living in the burrow the scabies mite will initiate laying almost at that moment and will do so more than once every day and over a period of up to two months.
  • The scabies eggs hatch in a matter of days, and climb out from the burrow to exist on the hair follicle.
  • In as few as four days the scabies mite reaches maturity and looks for a mate, after which the female will begin the process again, burrowing into the skin to lay her eggs.
  • The Scabies sufferer might notice tiny bites or pimples in the first instance and it is worth remembering that the mites love to live in warm and moist areas.
  • Scabies will most commonly occur in the armpits or on the chest, as well as the genital area, the fingers, and anywhere where jewellery presents a warm spot.
  • Parts of the body where there are folds in the skin are attractive to the scabies mite and are usual spots for the mites to be found.
  • Patients with Scabies will 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 affected.
  • In youngsters it is general 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 often the neck and head that are most often affected.
  • Itching and irritation comes about becausae of an allergic reaction that the body has to the presence of the scabies mites, and is often very harmful indeed.
  • As the scabies irritation spreads the sufferer could experience hardening of the skin, with crusty and scaly spots appearing in time.
  • In those with easily affected skin, or those with serious scabies signs nodular scabies may be the result.
  • Nodular Scabies is a disease that comes about when debris left behind by the mite gets embedded under the skin.
  • As scabies could become nasty and severe if left untreated it is imperative that the right treatment is applied for the specified time.
  • The elderly and those with susceptible immune systems are particularly likely to suffer from severe cases of scabies, and should be concerned as a result.
  • Like lots of similar conditions scabies is notably contagious and it does not necessarily need one to come into direct contact with a patient 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 sufferer.
  • Scabies is frequently found in nursing homes where the older generation reside, and in persons who work in the health profession and come into contact with patients.

Last update: 09:28 AM Friday, April 3, 2009

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