Scabies: Meaning, Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

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Scabies refers to a skin condition caused by mites called “Sarcoptes Scaibeis”. In the areas where the mite burrows, there is a lot of itching. At night, the need to itch may be compelling. It is a contagious disease that can quickly spread amongst other family members, especially young kids and older members. Many people are always irritated because of the constant itching. Some people cannot sleep properly during the night because of the itching, which makes them even more annoyed.

What are the symptoms of Scabies?

  • Constant itching, which is very severe. It gets worst during the night
  • Blisters or bumps on the area

Where does Scabies occur?

  • Between fingers
  • On top of fingers
  • Wrists
  • Arms
  • Knees
  • Around breasts
  • Palm
  • Male genital areas
  • Elbow
  • Soles of the feet
  • Scalp
  • Back
  • Neck

What Causes Scabies?

An infestation of mites causes scabies. Mites are tiny and invisible insects that lay eggs in our skin and burry them on it, which causes intense itching. Scabies is highly contagious; it can spread through direct contact of one person to another person, furniture or your clothes.

How is Scabies treated?

Scabies is usually treated through a combination of ointments and oral medicines. The ointment will help remove the mite infestation, and doctors mainly advise applying it during the night because that is when the mites are most active. Doctors also recommend regularly changing bed sheets and cleaning down furniture around, so any mites on them are also removed.

How can Scabies be prevented?

The first and foremost way to prevent Scabies is to stay away from someone you know who already has this condition. As it is highly contagious, it can rapidly spread into someone else. Therefore, you must maintain distance with that person and anything else they come into contact with. Other ways to prevent Scabies include washing clothes and bed sheets regularly and keeping your surroundings like furniture as much as clean as possible.