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Scabies – Transmittable Skin Infection

What is Scabies.

Scabies is an extremely itchy skin disorder that is caused by microscopic mite called Sarcoptes Scabei . People get scabies when the mite burrows into the top layer of skin to live and feed. When the skin reacts to the mite, an extremely itchy rash develops.  Scabies found worldwide is a transmittable skin infection that multiplies quickly in crowded conditions . Personal cleanliness and sanitation is a vital protective measure and access to sufficient water supply is essential to control the spread of disease.

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Scabies Causes

Scabies Mite Life Cycle

The microscopic mite called Sarcoptes Scabei causes scabies plague. The fertilized feminine mite burrows into the skin, dumping eggs in the tunnel at the back of her. After the eggs hatch, larvae migrate to the skin surface and eventually change into the adult form. A fully developed mite can live up to about a month on a person. Once away from the person body, mite only survives 48-72 hours. The characteristic itchy rash of scabies is an allergic response to the mite. Individuals infested with scabies for the first time typically experience symptoms after 4 to 6 weeks. With subsequent infestation, symptoms appear within days.

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Scabies Transmission

Scabies multiply chiefly by direct skin-to-skin contact and to a less significant amount through getting in touch with infested items of clothing and bedclothes. Atmospheres that are mostly susceptible to the spread of scabies embrace hospitals, childcare facilities and any crowded living conditions. Plague easily passes between sexual partners. Read the rest of this entry


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