Scabies is a highly contagious and extremely itchy disorder of the skin that is characterized by a subsequent rash. So how can you detect scabies?
Scabies is a skin disease caused by parasitic mite called as Sarcoptes scabiei. These mites are quite tiny and have spines and bristles all over their back with four pairs of legs. Generally, female mites are bigger and they survive by tunneling into and eating the top layers of the skin. They lay their eggs and dump dried fecal pellets behind them as they leave. These eggs hatch in about 4 days after fertilization and develop into adults within 1 week.
How Do You Get Scabies?
As the scabies mite is incapable of flying or jumping, therefore you are more likely to catch scabies disorder through a close skin contact with someone who is infected with a female mite.
Prolonged holding of hands exposes you to a greater risk of catching the disease as it is the most common site of infection.
Symptoms of Scabies
- Mite Tunnels/Burrows
They appear as visible fine, dark and silvery lines on the surface of the skin. They are about 2-10 mm long and are prone to grow in the loose skin between the fingers, the hands and the inner surface of the wrists.
This is often very severe and tends to begin from a single place (generally the hands) and later spreads to other areas of the skin. Itching usually worsens at night and even after hot baths.
Itch is typically followed by a rash. The rashes are typically characterized by blotch, lumpy red patches that appear anywhere on the body.
Scratching as a consequence of itching can lead to minor skin damages. The damaged skin becomes vulnerable to bacterial infection turning red, hot, tender and inflated.
Scabies can also lead to aggravated pre-existing skin conditions. These symptoms of scabies usually take about two to six weeks to occur after you are first infected.
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