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- Scabies is a notably versatile disease of the skin and is caused by minisacule mites.
- The Scabies Mite brings about the problem by burrowing into the skin to produce eggs.
- The mite is all but invisible to the sufferer and it is a generally common thing to be troubled 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 goes and stops in the burrow for her lifetime.
- Once settled in the burrow the scabies mite should start laying almost immediately and will do so more than once every day and over a period of up to two months.
- The scabies eggs become young mites in a few days, and come out from the burrow to feast on our hair follicle.
- In as little time as as four days the scabies mite reaches laying age and looks for a mate, at which point the female will start the process again, burrowing into the skin to lay her eggs.
- The Scabies sufferer may notice tiny bites or pimples at first and it is worth remembering that the mites thrive 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 often infected with the scabies mite and are common spots for the infection to be found.
- Sufferers with Scabies will notice discomfort - often very intense and most likely at night - and the appearance of a red rash, and will be inclined to scratch the area infected.
- In children 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 often 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 often very harmful indeed.
- As the scabies suffering increases the sufferer may experience hardening of the skin, with crusty and scaly spots appearing in time.
- In persons with sensitive skin, or those with serious scabies signs nodular scabies may be the result.
- Nodular Scabies is a disease that is prevalent when debris left behind by the mite is left under the skin.
- As scabies may become complicated and severe if left untreated it is essential that the best treatment is given for the specified time.
- The aged and people with damaged immune systems are particularly likely to suffer from exaggerated cases of scabies, and should be concerned as a result.
- Like many similar conditions scabies is very contagious and it does not necessarily take one to come into direct contact with a case to become infected.
- Sleeping 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 sometimes found in nursing homes where the older generation reside, and in people who work in the medical profession and come into contact with sufferers.
Last update: 04:00 PM Thursday, April 2, 2009