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  • 1. ScabiesEvan Grodan
  • 2. What is it?
    Scabies is an itchy skin condition caused by an infestation by the itch mite Sarcoptesscabiei
    The mites burrow into your skin, where it lives and lays its eggs
    The characteristic itchy rash of Scabies is an allergic response to the mite
    Individuals infected experience symptoms after 4 to 6 weeks
    Once away from the human body, mites only survive 48-72 hours
  • 3. How is it Spread?
    Spread by direct skin-to-skin contact with a person who already is infested
    An infested person can spread even if he or she has no symptoms
    Contact must be prolonged
    A quick handshake or hug will usually not spread the infestation
    Infestation is easily spread to sexual partners and household members
    May also be spread by sharing clothing, towels, and bedding
  • 4. Symptoms
    The most common symptoms are intense itching and a pimple-like skin rash that hurts at night
    Signs of scabies will usually appear first in body folds – between the fingers, on the elbows or wrists, around the nipples, and on the penis
    Scratching of itchy areas can result in infected sores
    It can take up to 2 to 6 weeks before a newly infected person will notice any itching or rash
    Persons who are re-exposed might show symptoms in 1-4 days
  • 5. Treatment Options
    See your Doctor as soon as possible. Delaying treatment will increase the risk that the mites will spread
    Your Doctor will recommend a lotion such as Permethrin or Lindane. For more advanced forms of Scabies an oral medication called Ivermection could be used
    Only prescription medications can be used to fight Scabies. Non-prescription medications are not strong enough to kill the Mites
  • 6. Final Thoughts
    “Bad News”
    Scabies can spread rapidly. If you are not proactive in preventing and treating it, the infestation can turn into a ‘mini-epidemic’
    “Good News”
    Scabies is easily curable. As long as treatment instructions are carefully followed, you should be fine