Scabies Jessica martinez

What is scabies ?

A contagious, intensely itchy skin condition caused by a tiny, burrowing mite.

Scabies is an itchy, highly contagious skin disease caused by an infestation by the itch mite Sarcoptes scabiei.

What does scabies do to you ?

Scabies mite burrows into the upper layer of the skin where it lives and lays its eggs. ... Scabies can spread rapidly under crowded conditions where close body and skin contact is frequent

Human itch mite

Who can get it?

Anyone can get scabies. It strikes people of all ages, races, and income levels. People who are very clean and neat can get scabies.

Symptoms

  • bumps or redness
  • itching or skin burrow
Itch mite

Treatment

  • Permethrin cream, 5 percent
  • Lindane lotion
  • Anti- parasites medication
  • Self-care

Self-care

  • Hot water laundry - can kill mites like scabies
  • Dry cleaning - can help decontaminate clothes and kill mites like scabies

3 facts

  1. It is spread through direct skin contact.
  2. The mites love a good joint.
  3. It’s a rash that’s not really a rash - redness is coming from an allergic reaction and is typically characterized by inflammation.

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