Bedbugs are parasites that live on human blood, but are not visible and not easy to catch. These insects bite on various parts of your skin, causing severe red papules that are extremely itchy and may look like scabies symptoms. But begbugs are different from scabies mites, and are cannot cause scabies. The scabies infection cannot be transmitted by bedbugs, contrary to a popular conception.
Although both itch mites and bedbugs cause extreme skin itching at night, as these are most active during night time. But there is a huge difference between these different species of parasites. Here are some differences between Sarcoptes mites and bed bugs:
- Where they infest
Scabies mites survive inside human body by digging upper layer of the skin and creating several burrows under the skin. On the other hand, bedbugs live outside the skin.
- Life cycle of scabies mites
Bedbugs have six legs, whereas scabies mites (itch mites) have eight legs. Scabies mites need moist and warm conditions for survival, hence dig burrows under skin for reproducing. On the contrary, bedbugs live on unhygienic and dirty bedding and live outside skin; they depend on human blood for survival. The bedbugs are found in dirty places, however scabies mites have nothing to do with dirty conditions. This is a highly contagious skin condition that spreads from the infested person to others, who come in direct skin-to-skin contact with the infested person. It has nothing to do with cleanliness.
- Are they related
There is no close connection with bedbugs and scabies mites. But if you already have scabies and bedbugs are also found in your bedding, then the skin area affected by scabies will become the favourite bloody site of the bedbugs for feeding upon. Otherwise, there is nothing common in these two parasites.
What are potential causes of scabies?
Scabies is an itchy and highly contagious skin condition that is caused by Sarcoptes scabiei. Scabies mites are small with eight legs, and not visible to the naked eyes. These parasites can be observed by close microscopic observation, revealing several burrows that are formed by active female mites for laying eggs.
Scabies infestation occurs worldwide and can affect anyone of any age group or race. It spreads from the infested person to any other individual through direct skin-to-skin contact. It is most likely to spread in crowded places where chances of getting closer to scabies-affected individual are higher. Besides skin contact, scabies can also spread if you use clothes, towel or same bedding of the infested person.
Signs and symptoms
Extreme itching is the first sign of scabies, but mostly neglected by people as normal itching until severe rashes or red blisters start appearing on the skin. These rashes and blisters occurs due to excessive scratching on particular areas of the skin. Besides rashes, burrows are the sure signs of scabies and these burrows can be observed under a microscope. Within the burrows lies active scabies mite that tend to actively spread and feed on human blood, causing unbearable itching. In severe conditions, other skin diseases like psoriasis also catch up.
It is best to consult a doctor as soon as you find out about scabies. This is because an early treatment would be highly beneficial for you and your skin. The most commonly prescribed medicine for scabies is permethrin cream (5-percent), which is recommended to be applied onto your skin at night for seven days. In case this cream doesn’t work, especially on patients that are allergic to permethrin, then oral medicine Ivermectin is prescribed for the treatment. Usually one to two doses of ivermectin are sufficient to get rid of scabies mites. Besides that, you can also undergo homeopathic Dr. Scabies Treatment for getting rid of scabies without any side effects.