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My Friends Daughter Has Scabies Is It Caused From Being Dirty Or What? I Need To Know More Information On It!

My Friends Daughter Has Scabies Can Anyone Tell me What It Is && Why Children Get It? Thanks So Much!! =]]

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Asked by bestmommy88 at 2:01 AM on Dec. 12, 2009 in Health

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  • It is similar to head lice. It requires the entire household to be treated if someone in the household has it. My son got it from school when he was younger. It sounds scarier then it is really. With treatment it is nothing to be overly concerned with.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:07 AM on Dec. 12, 2009

  • Scabies is caused by an infestation with the scabies mite (Sarcoptes scabiei). It is spread by direct, prolonged, skin-to-skin contact with an infested person. Contact must be prolonged (a quick handshake or hug will usually not spread the infestation). Infestation is easily spread to sexual partners and household members. Infestation may also occur by sharing clothing, towels, and bedding.

    Scabies is a common infection found worldwide, and it affects people of all races and social classes. Scabies spreads rapidly under crowded conditions where there is frequent skin-to-skin contact between people, such as in: Nursing homes, Hospitals, Institutions & Childcare facilities. Once away from the human body, mites do not survive more than 48 to 72 hours. When living on a person, an adult female mite can live up to a month.


    Answer by Morgain at 2:37 AM on Dec. 12, 2009

  • Morgain

    Answer by Morgain at 2:37 AM on Dec. 12, 2009

  • Scabies is a skin infection that results in small itchy bumps and blisters. Tiny mites burrow into the top layer of skin where they lay their eggs. The burrows usually appear near the wrists and in between the fingers. They can also be found in the armpits, around the waist, the elbows, the soles of the feet, around the genitals and breasts, the buttocks, the knees and shoulder blades. In children they can also be found on the scalp, the face, neck, and palms of the hands. It is contagious and is transmitted by skin to skin contact.

    Signs and symptoms are severe itching especially at night or after a hot bath. Scratching the affected areas raises the risk of that particular area becoming infected with a skin infection known as impetigo. Treatment is absolutely necessary. A doctor or dermatologist will need to see the person infected. A prescribed cream or lotion will be given to kill off the mites.

    To be continued....

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:10 AM on Dec. 12, 2009

  • The cream should be applied all over the body and stay on the skin for 8-12 hours before it gets washed off. Also all of the clothing, bedding, towels etc. should be washed in hot water. Each room in the home should be vacuumed with that bag being disposed of right away.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:11 AM on Dec. 12, 2009

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