Information on Scabies
For those who do not know, scabies is a fairly common type of skin infestation which can easily be recognized by small blisters and bumps which tend to be rather itchy. These blisters and bumps are triggered by very small mites who are scientifically referred to sarcoptes scabiei. These mites get to the top layer of the skin and lay their eggs there. The burrows they make are darkened lines on the surface of the skin which may be reddish, wavy and short and are usually located between the fingers and around the wrists. Scabies are also often accompanied by a red bumpy rash. Scabies is very contagious and it can easily be transmitted by simple skin to skin contact or sexual contact with a person who is already infected. Crowded situations which involve a lot of close contact are the infection’s best friend because they make it very easy to be transferred. The most common places include nursing homes, college dorms, childcare centers and households. Mites which are held responsible for the onset of scabies are known for being able of surviving for up to three days in dust, bedding and clothing, so it is possible to get infected simply by sharing towels, linens and clothes with a person who is infected. In some cases, the first symptoms of the condition may not appear until 6 weeks after the infection. Those who have had scabies before may experience only a couple of days following the infection.
Signs and Symptoms
The most common symptom associated with scabies is severe itching. This sensation is commonly even worse after a hot bath or during the night. The initial symptoms include small bumps or blisters which may be filled with pus. Those often break when they are scratched. The skin gradually becomes itchy and it can also get thicker, scaly or scabbed. The annoying itchiness, which is the most significant symptom of this medical condition is actually a hypersensitivity reaction to the presence of the mites and as well as to their eggs and feces. The scabies usually affect the feet and the hands. The areas include webs between the toes and the fingers, the folds under the arms and the inner parts of the wrists. Other areas which can be affected include the buttocks, navel, genitals and the breasts. Severe itchiness may lead to excessive itching and bacterial skin infections may occur in some cases. One must avoid direct physical contact and sharing of towels, linens and clothes with an infected person.