15 Jul 2019
Scabies is a severe itchy skin condition which is caused by a burrowing mite known as Sarcoptes Scabiei. The itchiness on the skin is the result of body’s allergic reaction to the mites, their eggs and their waste. These mites not only affect humans, animals can also get infected if they come in contact with them. Scabies is highly contagious in nature which can quickly spread to people around the infected individual. Severe itching on the skin where the mites had bitten becomes intense at night. Scabies should be treated quickly without delaying because it gets worsen if left untreated.
- Bitten by burrowing mites called Sarcoptes scabiei mites
- Physical contact with the infected person or animal
- Sharing clothes and bedding with the infected person
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS –
- Itching in the infected areas
- Sores, blisters and bumps
- Thick crust formation
- Vigorous itching
- Degradation in quality of skin
- Severe bacterial infections
- Migration from one area to other body parts
- Difficulty in treatment if turns severe
- Physical Examination
- Microscopic Examination
- Anti-itching creams, lotions and ointments
- Antibiotic medications for killing mites and eggs
- Clean and wash all clothes and bedding in hot water
- Maintain distance with infected individual
- The estimation shows that the prevalence rate for this condition is 100 million people worldwide.
- Research shows that scabies spreads more through the contact with infected individuals than directly getting affected from mites.