What is scabies or scabies?
scabies (also called scabies) is a contagious skin disease caused by a mite (Sarcoptes scabiei), that spreads between people. Days or weeks after infection, a very intense itching begins, stronger at night, that does not respond to the usual medical treatments for itching. It is very common for scabies to spread to a partner or to various family members living under the same roof.
Who does scabies affect?? How is it spread?
Scabies can affect people of any age, race or social class. It is spread by prolonged direct skin-to-skin contact., or by sharing bedding, contaminated bathroom or clothing. It is also common in institutions where many people live in a small space. (hostels, nursing homes, prisons, socio-health centers, etc.)
Having scabies does not necessarily indicate a lack of hygiene. Anyone can get scabies despite having good hygienic habits, if you have continuous and intimate contact with an infested person or item.
Contrary to what many people think, scabies mites do not jump or fly. Intimate contact with a contaminated person or clothing is necessary to become infected with the parasite. This is the reason why it is very difficult to get infected just by shaking hands, hug for a moment, take a walk, eat together, etc.
Animals cannot spread human scabies. It is an exclusive infestation of humans.
What symptoms does scabies cause??
Initially scabies does not give any symptoms. After a few weeks of contagion (usually between 2 Y 6 weeks), the skin reacts to the scabies parasites by producing an allergic reaction, with intense and generalized itching, more intense at night and can interfere with normal sleep.
How is scabies diagnosed??
How is scabies treated?
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