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Scabies is a contagious skin condition where the main symptom is intense itching. It is caused by tiny mites called Sarcoptes scabiei, which burrow into the skin. The mites deposit their eggs, forming a burrow that looks like a pencil mark. Eggs mature in 21 days. The itchy rash is an allergic response to the mite.
Causative agents are Sarcoptes scabiei mites.
- Direct contact with infected people
- By sharing towels, clothing or bedding.
- Spreads rapidly under crowded conditions
- Nursing homes
- Childcare facilities.
Symptoms And Signs–
- Intense itching, especially at night and over most of the body.
- Sores on the body
- Scaling and redness
- Small, rounded lumps (often on the penis and scrotum)
- Pimple-like irritations, burrows, or rash on the skin ;typically found in the
- Shoulder blades.
- Webbing between the fingers
- Irritations on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.
- Scabies of the face and scalp more common
- Examination under the microscope of skin scrapings
- Skin biopsy
- Wash all clothing, towels, and bed linens
- Use hot water.
- Use the dryer at high heat rather than air drying.
- Cut nails, and clean under them thoroughly to remove any mites or eggs that may be present.
- Thoroughly vacuum rugs, furniture, bedding, and car interior and throw the vacuum-cleaner bag away when finished.
- Avoid scratching.
- Lotion or cream
- All household members, sexual partners, and other close contacts should be treated at the same time regardless of whether or not they have symptoms.
- Crusted scabies
Keep away from the person with scabies unless fully treated.