The criterion to define who will get Scabies infection is not pre-set. A human being of any age, background and in any location can contract disease. Yes, that is true. Read on to know about the various risk factors that aid in spreading this infection.
Scabies is spread by skin-to-skin contact. Children, nursing mothers and sexually active couples are most prone to the infection.
People who are living in nursing homes, in residences with assisted living facilities and services with extended care are also likely to serve as hosts for mites on the body of an infected person. Let’s take a look at various risk factors that may increase a person’s chances of getting infected by scabies:
- People who have a weak immune system are at a greater risk of getting Scabies.
- Elderly and children, people with HIV/AIDS, leukemia, lymphoma, are more prone to the disease. People who have had an organ transplant are also at a greater risk.
- Since Scabies is very contagious, when a single person in the household gets Scabies there is every possibility that the other members of the household will get it too.
- Not getting every family member treated for scabies (when one member is infected and remains so for many days at a stretch) is plain stupid.
- Crusted Scabies is even more contagious than the normal Scabies. The delay in treatment causes a crust to be formed on the surface of the skin, which is filled with mites.
- The crust is a safe haven for the mites, ensuring that they get food and stay protected. The mites can actually live up to a week inside the crust without any human contact.
You might not get Scabies by a hug or a handshake. But any prolonged skin-to-skin contact that gives the mites enough time to crawl, will spread the infection.