Scabies is a contagious disorder of the skin caused by very small wingless insects called Mites. The Mites that cause Scabies are known as Human Itch Mite or Scabies Itch Mite (Sarcoptes Scabiei). The Female Mite burrows into the skin where she lays between one and three eggs daily. In most instances, a very small reddish Zigzag Blister usually marks the trail of the Mite as it lays its eggs. Consider some of the other more obvious symptoms that follow:
- Intense Itching (particularly at night)
- Red Rash that can occur in locations that have been scratched.
The most common areas of the body for Scabies are as follows:
- the sides of fingers
- between the fingers
- the backs of the hands
- the wrists
- inner thighs
- around the waist
If Scabies is left untreated, the female will continue to lay eggs for close to five weeks. As the eggs hatch, the cycle then will start over again Scabies is contagious, and is usually transmitted by skin-to-skin contact or through sexual contact with someone else who is infected with it. The Scabies Infection spreads easily in crowded conditions and in situations where there is a lot of close contact. Some examples are as follows:
- child-care centers
- nursing homes
- shaking hands
- sleeping together
- close contact with infected clothing, bedding, towels, etc.