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HEALTH CONDITIONS

Scabies

Overview
Symptoms
Risk Factors
Treatment and Management
Doctors to Consult
Overview

Scabies is a contagious skin infection that occurs among humans and other animals. It is caused by a tiny, 0.3 mm long insect called a mite (Sarcoptes scabiei). It is acquired through contact with the female mite. It burrows under the skin, laying eggs along the line of its burrow. The eggs hatch and the resulting offspring rise to the surface of the skin, mate, and repeat the cycle either within the skin of the original host or within the skin of its next victim.

Symptoms
  • Itching (especially at night)
  • Rashes that appear as little red bumps becoming crusty or scaly
  • Skin abrasions and red rashes on areas that have been scratched
  • Thin, pencil-mark lines on the skin
Risk Factors
  • Close, prolonged human contact, such as touching a person who has scabies.
  • Clothes, towels, or bed sheets can spread the scabies mite if the items were recently in contact with a person who has it.
  • Scabies can spread quickly in crowded situations where there is frequent skin-to-skin contact (such as hospitals, nursing homes, and child care centers).
Commonly Prescribed Drugs
Treatment and Management
  • Maintain proper hygiene
  • Take a bath regularly
  • Keep washing your hands with soap and always use clean towel and napkins to wipe it
  • Always wear clean clothes and never share your clothes with others
  • Do not keep physical contact with infected people and never use their belongings, as scabies is highly contagious. Do not use their bed even for sitting
  • Take proper medical treatment which is essential to cure scabies
Home Remedies
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