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Scabies

Scabies, previously known as the seven-year itch, is a contagious skin infestation caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei. These mites dig deep into your skin to deposit eggs and live, and cause an alle..

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Scabies, previously known as the seven-year itch, is a contagious skin infestation caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei. These mites dig deep into your skin to deposit eggs and live, and cause an allergic reaction. It starts with a little itchiness in between the fingers, wrists, or near the waistline and turns into severe itching, rashes, and pimples. Scabies typically target the young and is often worse at night. It often spreads by direct skin contact with an infected person (possibly during sex). The spread of the disease may occur even when the person has no symptoms. Crusted scabies is an advanced type of scabies. It only affects people with poor immune systems. Scabies starts as a small rash or a pimple that is itchy. It then progresses to form tiny burrows in the skin.

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Scabies
Symptoms
symptoms

Symptoms surface 2 - 6 weeks later. When a person develops a second infection, symptoms show up in a day. The rash itself can consist of pimple-like bumps or tiny blisters. Common symptoms include:

  • Rash.
  • Erratic itching, which gets worse at night.
  • Constant scratching of the infected area.
  • Irritation.

Causes
causes

The most probable causes of the disease include:

  • Immune system reacting to mites.
  • Extreme itching.

Risks
risks

The main risk factors of the disease include:

  • Direct touch with the person who is infected (for example shaking a hand or hugging).
  • Sexual contact with the infected person.
  • Keeping the skin exposed to the sun.

 

Prevention
prevention

In order to prevent the occurrence of the disease, one should take care of the following:

  • Avoiding contact with the infected person.
  • Protecting your skin from the powerful sun.
  • Taking a nutrient and vitamin rich diet.

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