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Can you have scabies on your face?
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Normal scabies infestations are not known to go to the head. They are usually located from the neck down. Some heavy infestations of Norwegian or crusted scabies could travel into the head or face but it is very rare. Another ailment that has similar symptoms is skin parasites.


Scabies Facts

  • Scabies is a highly contagious disease of the skin which is inflicted by minisacule mites.
  • The Scabies Mite brings about the condition by burrowing into the skin to harbour 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 only into the very first layer of the skin. She eats the skin as she tunnels and stops in the burrow for her lifetime.
  • Once living in the burrow the scabies mite should start laying almost immediately and will do so more than once a day and over a period of up to two months.
  • The scabies eggs become young mites in a matter of days, and emerge from the burrow to live on a hair follicle.
  • In as few as four days the scabies mite reaches maturity and looks for a mate, at which point the female will go over the process again, burrowing into the skin to lay her eggs.
  • The Scabies sufferer may notice miniature bites or pimples initially and it is worth being aware that the mites breed 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 creates a warm and safe place.
  • Places where there are creases in the skin are popular with the scabies mite and are usual spots for the condition to be found.
  • Those infected with Scabies will notice itching - often very intense and most likely at night - and the appearance of a red rash, and will be inclined to scratch the area concerned.
  • In youngsters it is general for the scabies mite to live on the soles of the feet and the palms, and also on the scalp, while in babies it is often the neck and head that are most often affected.
  • Itching and irritation happens 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 spreads the patient could experience hardening of the skin, with crusty and scaly spots appearing in time.
  • In those with particularly sensitive skin, or those with severe scabies infection nodular scabies could be the result.
  • Nodular Scabies is a condition that is prevalent 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 used for the specified time.
  • The aged and those with susceptible immune systems are generally likely to suffer from exaggerated cases of scabies, and should be careful as a result.
  • Like lots of similar conditions scabies is highly contagious and it does not necessarily need one to come into direct contact with a case to become infected.
  • Sleeping in a bed or relaxing in a chair that has been used by a sufferer can induce scabies infection, as can close contact with the individual.
  • Scabies is frequently found in nursing homes where the elderly reside, and in those who work in the medical profession and come into contact with cases.

Last update: 01:36 PM Thursday, April 2, 2009

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