Scabies is a skin disease caused by sarcoptes scabiei. You may suffer from rashes and itching if you have this dermatologic condition. It is infectious and can pass easily from one person to the other through physical contact. However, the disease may affect people of all age group, despite their lifestyle and socioeconomic background. If an individual has scabies, then anyone they are closely attached to should be treated at the same time.
Common site of infestation for children and adults are:
- In between the fingers.
- Around the finger nails.
- Inner parts of the wrists.
- Inner elbow.
- Soles of the feet.
- Breasts around the nipples.
- Male genitalia.
- Shoulder blades.
Infants and young children may have this skin condition in other body parts such as:
- Hand palm.
- Soles of the feet.
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Symptoms of scabies include:
- Itching – Itching is a common symptom for scabies. This can turn severe and gets worse at night.
- Rash - When mite burrows into the skin, it forms lines or burrow tracks that are found in the skin folds. They are quite similar to bites, hives, knots, pimples or patches of the scaly skin.
- Sores - These usually occur in the infested areas when there is a scratch in the skin. Open sores may cause impetigo that take place due to secondary infection along with Staphylococcus aureus.
- Thick crusts - Crusted scabies or Norwegian scabies, is a kind of scabies where several mites and mite eggs are harbored in the skin crusts, thus leading to skin symptoms.
How scabies can spread:
Scabies may spread through skin-to-skin contact that gives sometime to mites so that they crawl from one person to the other. If you share personal items such as towels or beddings, then the disease can spread easily between sexual partners or family members. However, it will not probably spread through a hug or a handshake. Since scabies mite cannot fly or jump, it crawls slowly.
When you need to visit a doctor:
If you find any signs and symptoms of rashes and itching, chances are you might be having scabies. It is advised to see your doctor immediately and get it treated for it.
There are many skin conditions such as eczema or dermatitis that are related to itching and small bumps on your skin. Your doctor can help with the exact cause and ensure that you get the right treatment on time. Though bathing and taking over-the-counter medications may lessen itching, they won’t enable you to get rid of scabies.