Is Scabies Contagious In Water?

It is very unlikely for scabies to be contagious in water. Unless, a person is already infected with Norwegian scabies, it is very implausible that the scabies mites would emerge from under the wet skin.

Scabies is an extremely contagious skin disease caused by tiny itchy mites. These mites, called as Sarcoptes scabiei, burrow deep into the top layer of the skin, where they breed and lay eggs. This causes intense itching and rashes on the skin of the host. People suffering from scabies rarely know that they have the condition until a few weeks after the infestation.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Scabies

The primary symptoms of scabies infestation are skin rashes and intense itching, which worsens during the night time and even after a hot shower.

The rash appears somewhat like small red spots, similar to an insect bite. The appearance of these rashes can be easily mistaken for other dermatological conditions, such as eczema.

These burrow marks usually appear in the warm and soft areas of the body, such as:

  • On the elbows
  • In between the fingers
  • Inner wrists, etc.

How Is Scabies Transmitted

Scabies is a highly contagious disease that is spread through prolonged skin contact. Quick contact is unlikely to spread the scabies mites. Alternatively, it can also be spread through contact with the bedding or clothing of the already affected person, as the scabies mites can easily survive 1 – 2 days outside the skin.

Is Scabies Contagious In Water?  

The World Health Organization (WHO), considers scabies to be a water related disease. This is mainly because of the connection between bathing and personal hygiene which is very effective in preventing the spread of scabies disease.

However, it should be noted that scabies mites are not dependent on water for transmission or for any part of its life cycle for that matter.

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