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Scabies

Scabies

Scabies (Sarcoptes scabiei), also known as the human “itch mite” is an eight-legged microscopic mite that burrows into the epidermis of the skin, where it lives and lays its eggs. Scabies can occur anywhere in the world and affects people of all races and social classes. Scabies spreads very rapidly under crowded conditions where close body contact is frequent. Such places as nursing homes, extended-care facilities, and prisons are often sites of scabies outbreaks. (CDC, 2010)
Close physical contact and, less often, sharing clothing or bedding with an infected person can spread the mites. Once the scabies mite comes into contact with a host the female mite then burrows just beneath your skin and produces a tunnel in which she deposits her eggs. The eggs will then hatch within three to four days, and the scabies mite larvae will then work their way to the surface of the infected host’s skin. When they reach the host’s skin they will mature and spread to other areas of the host’s skin or to the skin of other people. The intense itching produced by the scabies mite are the results of an allergic reaction of your body to the mites, eggs and/or their waste. (Mayo Clinic, 2012)
Dogs, cats and humans all are affected by their own distinct species of mite. Each species of mite prefers one specific type of host and doesn't live long away from that preferred host. So humans may have a temporary skin reaction from contact with the animal scabies mite, but people are unlikely to develop full-blown scabies from this source, as they might from contact with the human scabies mite. (Mayo Clinic, 2012)

According to the May Clinic (2012) scabies causes severe itching that often becomes worse at night, and thin irregular burrow tracks can be seen on the skin. The burrow marks appear as tiny blisters or bumps and typically appear in folds of your skin.…...

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