Is The Scabies Water Borne Disease?

Scabies is a highly contagious parasitic skin condition that’s caused by the itch mite (Sarcoptes scabiei). But it is not possible to get infested by the skin condition under water, as it is not a water-borne disease. Unless the infested person is sharing a same swimming pool with other non-infested individuals, scabies is not likely to spread or grow in water. So, before considering it a water-borne disease, you must know about how scabies is spread and its treatments.

What is scabies?

If you’ve ever been infested with scabies, then you must be knowing about the skin condition. But for those who don’t know about the itchy skin condition, let us tell you that scabies is an extremely contagious skin disease caused by tiny itchy mites, Sarcoptes Scabiei. These mites, especially the female mites start digging burrows deep into the top layer of the skin. Within these burrows, the itch mites may breed and lay eggs. Due the process of laying eggs and digging, intense sensation of itching occurs. The condition gets worse at night, as these mites are most active at night time. People suffering from scabies are not aware of the skin condition until first few weeks, but when the skin condition starts to get worse, they must see a specialist.

Signs and symptoms

As mentioned before, itching is the first sign of scabies. But at first the infested person won’t realize that the skin condition is nothing but scabies. Slowly within two to four weeks the signs of scabies will start increasing from intense itching to burrows under skin to rashes. If proper care or treatment is not taken at right time, then secondary skin conditions like psoriasis can also occur. So, it’s highly recommended to see a good specialist as soon as such signs and symptoms start appearing on your body. Major areas that are affected by scabies are folds of skin, inner thighs, inner wrists, underarms etc. In case proper care is not taken, scabies may spread to your whole body, and in that case it will be very difficult to get rid of this annoying itchy skin condition.

How scabies is spread?

This is highly contagious disease that is spread through direct, prolonged skin contact. Quick contact is not likely to spread scabies mites, only prolong skin contact is the reason why scabies can affect a non-infested person. Scabies can also spread by using same towel, clothing and bedding of the infested person – as scabies mites can survive for up to one to two days on outside surfaces, without a host body. So, if one person in a family has scabies, the chances are high that other family members will also be affected by the skin condition.


Usually Permethrin cream is considered as the effective treatment of scabies. It is meant to be applied before bedtime on affected areas and leave overnight. For a week, you need to apply this cream to kill scabies mites. In case, Permethrin cream doesn’t show positive results then, Ivermectin (oral medicine) is prescribed in combination with a lotion. A single dose of Ivermectin is enough to eradicate all scabies mites.

For those who don’t want to go for allopathic treatment, can try Dr. Scabies FDA-registered natural homeopathic treatment. It is the most effective and natural way to get rid of scabies. The results are positive and quick; you’ll start noticing the difference within few days.

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