My Friends Daughter Has Scabies Can Anyone Tell me What It Is && Why Children Get It? Thanks So Much!! =]]Answer Question
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 Anonymous at 11:10 AM on Dec. 12, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 11:11 AM on Dec. 12, 2009