If you’re wondering whether you could catch scabies from an infected toilet seat, let us tell you that yes it is possible. We all are well aware of the fact that scabies is highly contagious and it can even spread to an uninfected individual by using the same toilet that’s used by someone suffering from scabies. This is one strong reason that public toilets need to be disinfected before different people use them. Moreover, even the bathroom of your home should be thoroughly cleaned.
While scabies mites are not able to fly and live without host body for more than up to 48 hours, but you need to be careful as these mites can stay alive even on non-living things for good two days.
Symptoms of scabies:
If it’s the first time you’re infected with scabies, it will take up to a month for symptoms to appear. However, in people who are getting infected for second or more time, the symptoms sometimes appear within 24 hours.
Here are the common signs of scabies:
- Extremely itchy skin rash with small red bumps and blisters.
- Skin rashes appear on wrists, elbows, between fingers, knees, around the waist, soles of feet, genital area and other folds of the skin.
- Tiny threadlike projections appear on the skin and look like thin brown, gray or red lines. These lines appear due to the burrows made my mites to lay eggs.
- Itching becomes worse at night and gets worse if left untreated.
Where can you get scabies on your body?
Scabies can appear anywhere on the body, however, it’s most commonly found on the skin with cracks and crevices. You must look for scabies on spots like toes and fingers, around midriff, underarms, etc. It is important to get it treated as early as possible, otherwise, it may lead to secondary skin infections like impetigo or strep.
Older people or people with the weak immune system are likely to suffer from a worse case of scabies, where the mites can increase the uncontrollable amount and causes more trouble to the infested person. This worst case of scabies is referred as Norwegian scabies, which further causes other secondary skin infections, hence makes your condition even worse.
Another bad news is that there is no vaccine available for scabies, so you simply need to take appropriate precautions to keep yourself away from this annoying skin condition. You need to see your doctor as soon as the symptoms of scabies appear or if you doubt you’ve caught scabies. Prevention from scabies is considered the best remedy, therefore, you need to be a little careful while using someone else’s clothing, toilet or other objects - as you never know who might be carrying these itch mites.
Things to do for preventing yourself from scabies:
- You need to ensure that all the furniture and bedding is treated if anyone in your house has scabies. This step makes a huge difference as this is the space where we spend most of our time and also provides a warm place for scabies to live.
- Clean floor, carpets and other coverings with a vacuum cleaner. Also, use disinfectant like Lysol to clean washrooms and mod your flooring.
- You also need to wash your garments properly using hot water, and dry them on the hot setting and then use a steam iron on them.
- For non-living things, you can put them in plastic bags for 48 to 72 hours - as scabies cannot survive without host body for more than three days.