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Should I not go to work if I have scabies?
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Scabies is highly contagious and is spread by human to human contact. It would be best to take care of these scabbies mites before you return to work because you can infest someone else.


Scabies Facts

  • Scabies is a notably versatile disease of the skin which is inflicted by miniature mites.
  • The Scabies Mite is the cause of the problem by burrowing into ones skin to produce eggs.
  • The mite is all but invisible to the human eye and it is a particularly common occurrence to be infected with scabies.
  • A female scabies mite tunnels to lay, and just into the very upper layer of the skin. She eats the skin as she burrows and stops in the burrow for her lifetime.
  • Once safely in the burrow the scabies mite should initiate laying almost at that moment and will do so more than once a day and over a period of up to two months.
  • The scabies eggs are born in a little number of days, and emerge from the burrow to live on a hair follicle.
  • In as little time as as four days the scabies mite reaches adulthood and hunts for a mate, following which the female will go over the process again, burrowing into the skin to lay her eggs.
  • The Scabies infected person 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 frequently be present in the armpits or on the chest, and in the genital area, the fingers, and anywhere where jewellery creates a warm spot.
  • Areas 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 may notice itching - 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 younger patients it is common for the scabies mite to thrive 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 as a result of an allergic reaction that the body gives up to the presence of the scabies mites, and is usually very painful indeed.
  • As the scabies infection spreads the sufferer will experience hardening of the skin, with crusty and scaly areas appearing in time.
  • In those with sensitive skin, or those with serious scabies signs nodular scabies can be the result.
  • Nodular Scabies is a type and comes about when debris left behind by the mite gets left under the skin.
  • As scabies can become nasty and severe if left untreated it is vital that the correct treatment is used for the specified time.
  • The elderly and others with weak immune systems are generally likely to suffer from exaggerated cases of scabies, and should be wary as a result.
  • Like a number of similar complaints scabies is very contagious and it does not necessarily require one to come into direct contact with a patient to become infected.
  • Lying in a bed or resting in a chair that has been used by a sufferer can cause scabies infection, as can close contact with the individual.
  • Scabies is sometimes found in nursing homes where the elderly reside, and in people who work in the attached profession and come into contact with cases.



Paula E. said, “I did not realize scabies were contagious. I seriously thought it was some kind of rash. I guess because I’ve never come in contact with it before. I’m blessed.” 

Joy M. writes, “ A co-worker  of mine was diagnosed with scabies last year. She couldn’t come to work for almost a week. Our whole office had to treated and cleaned. No one else got it so I guess we were lucky she caught it in time before she spread it around to everyone.” 

Gabby T. writes, “Do hand sanitizers help to keep you from getting scabies? I keep some on my desk at work because there are so many people always touching my things. I’m afraid to catch something, but I’ve never even considered stuff like scabies. Now I have a new phobia. Thanks.” 

Ryan C. from Seattle, Wa said, “If the scabies are in an area that can be covered would it be safe to go to work?” 

Karen M. said, “Please, if you have scabies, stay home until you are cleared. Just like no one wants you around if you are sneezing, coughing and spreading germs all over the place. No one wants you at work spreading cooties.” 

Last update: 08:48 AM Friday, April 3, 2009

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