Scabies is a skin infection that is caused by mites. These scabies mites burrow just under the surface of your skin and lay their eggs. As a result, your skin will feel very itchy and you will also have red bumps or blisters on the skin. These are some of the most common scabies symptoms. Scabies is quite a common disease, especially in places like living facilities that are shared by many people. Scabies can also be found in hospitals, dormitories and even nursing homes.
In order to get scabies you only need to have skin contact with a person that already has scabies. However, a short contact with a person infected with scabies is not sufficient for you to get scabies as well. But if you live in the same house with a person who has scabies and have sexual contact with such a person, scabies can be contacted. Another way of infection with scabies is by clothes, bedding or even towels. Animals also have scabies, but you can not get it from them, as
scabies in animals is caused by a different scabies mite than in humans. This particular tipe of scabies mite is not able to live on the body of a human for more than a couple of days.
To get infected with scabies you only have to have contact with a scabies infected person. Everybody can have scabies, regardless of where they life or their ethnic background. However, scabies is quite common among people that share a crowded house or have permanent contact with children or infants.
The symptoms for scabies take about four weeks to apear. It can be less or longer, depending on the person. In people who have had scabies before, the symptoms for scabies can appear as quick as in two days. Scabies is a disease that can reappear. The most common scabies symptoms are itching, mostly at night time, blisters and a scabies rash, colored red.
Treating scabies is very easy with the right help from your doctor. If you do not treat scabies, the disease may carry on for months. The scabies treatment mainly consists in applying a cream or lotion on the scabies affected areas of your body. When applying this medicated cream for scabies, it is best that you start from the neck down. Also give proper attention to the area of the knees, elbows and wrist, for these parts of your body are the most common parts that get affected by scabies.