I know this is a silly question. Can a person get scabies from touching door knob and other furniture?
Is it possible to get scabies all over my back, shoulders and chest, or can you only get it in certain places?January 12th, 2011
I’ve got itchy, little red bumps all over those areas. I don’t know what it is but nothing I do seems to make it go away. I think it’s scabies. Though that’s kind of odd because there are 5 people living in my house that I come in close contact with but only one other person seems to have it.
A week ago, I was diagnosed of scabies and the doctor suggested me Permethrin 5% oinment. I applied it all over the body from head to toe. They say generally one application is curative and after treatment, itching may continue for up to 4 weeks.
I am ok with itching. How do I know the scabies mites are going off the skin?
How do I know the treatment is working?
Hi I am lily (THAT IS MY NICKNAME)i am 11 and was first diegnioed with exzma but he missdienoioed that and i have scabies. i all ready have the meication but i want to know how you can fully get rid of it in your home. Oh and i feel like i am the only one in the world who has scabies so if you have ever had it please tell me your stroy. Thank you so much!
Can you get scabies from sitting in a movie theatre seat, touching the rail on a escalator, or walking on the floor with the bottom of your pants dragging the floor? I know you can get it from direct contact like holding hands. What about a quick touch on someone arm? If a person is infected with scabies do they wash their clothing, bedding and furniture before applying the cream or wash clothing and wipe furniture the next day? Do you have to wear gloves every time you wipe the furniture and handling laundry?
Norwegian scabies is a much more severe infection of typical scabies. In a normal scabies infection, the host will be carrying about a dozen mites: between ten and twelve is most common, although up to fifty can be present under normal circumstances. Norwegian scabies, on the other hand, involves the infestation of thousands or even millions of mites, resulting in large areas of the skin affected by rashes, irritation and crusting. This condition is extremely uncomfortable and usually results in the host being unable to sleep due to the uncontrollable itching.
The scabies mites infecting a person with regular scabies and those affecting a person with Norwegian scabies are identical. People who develop Norwegian scabies typically have a compromised immune system, due to other conditions, such as HIV or AIDS, cancers, or other conditions that weaken the immune system. The elderly population is also more likely to get Norwegian scabies, as well as people taking steroid medications. Those with down syndrome, with conditions of the brain or spinal cord and individuals with dementia are also more likely to get this much more severe form of scabies.
Norwegian scabies will result in scabies symptoms within ten to fourteen days of the infestation; if you’ve had a previous scabies infection, you’re likely to show symptoms within just a few days. Norwegian scabies is distinguished most often by the presence of large areas of crusted and scaly skin. Norwegian scabies can be easily misdiagnosed as an adverse skin reaction to a medication or a severe contact allergy. The consequences of misdiagnosis can be severe, because the open sores and inflamed skin can become infected, resulting in staph infections or MRSA, which can lead to serious complications, including mental impairment.
Since scabies is a highly contagious infestation, all individuals who have been in contact with a person having a confirmed diagnosis should be tested and even treated preventatively, particularly if an individual has a compromised immune system. Individuals with compromised immune systems may develop Norwegian scabies even after coming in contact with someone with regular scabies, while people with sufficient immune systems may only contract regular scabies even after coming into contact with a person having Norwegian scabies. In other words, the scabies mites are easily spread from person to person, but the severity of the resulting infestation and infection depend on the strength of the host’s immune system.
It is not uncommon for a person infected with scabies to have already sensitive skin, for which typical topical treatments can be somewhat harsh. There are a number of holistic remedies available that are said to relieve the intense itching and inflammation common to scabies, including evening primrose oil and tea tree oil. Other natural treatments include manuka and turmeric, which some claim have the ability to kill the scabies mites in addition to providing symptomatic relief.Mail this post
Since scabies causes such intense, uncomfortable itching, many often wonder, “How do you get scabies?” It’s often thought that being infested with scabies mites has been caused by something you have done, or not done, when in fact, there is little that can be done to prevent a scabies infection, particularly if you’ve been around a person who does not yet have symptoms.
Scabies is an infestation of a parasite, known as the scabies mite or itch mite. This highly contagious infection is spread through close, skin-to-skin contact with others who have been infected, and it can be spread even before symptoms appear. While scabies mites can only live for a few days outside of their host, it could be possible to spread scabies through contact with clothing, bedding or personal care items. Even shaking hands can spread scabies from person to person. You cannot get scabies from animals – the scabies mites that affect humans are not the same scabies mites that affect dogs, causing mange, although they are related species.
It’s important to note that scabies is not caused by poor personal hygiene. While there are certain groups more at risk for a scabies infection, the risk typically involves the close interaction with other humans rather than a hygiene issue.
The following groups are more at risk for a scabies infection:
• People living in close, crowded conditions (i.e., underdeveloped countries, leading to the false assumption that poor hygiene is a cause)
• Children (who typically have close contact with others, such as caregivers, parents, siblings and other children at school or daycare centers)
• Nursing or personal care home residents
All persons living in the home should be treated simultaneously upon a confirmed scabies diagnosis for any member of the household. You should also wash all bed linens, blankets and clothing in hot water to eliminate any mites that may remain on these items.
One fact that may be of interest to those wondering, “How do you get scabies?” is that it is possible to have a scabies infection more than once. Anytime you come into contact with an infected person, or an article of clothing or bedding recently used by a person infected with scabies, it is possible to become infected again. With subsequent infections, the symptoms may appear more rapidly than with past infections, because the body has already developed an allergic reaction to the mites.Mail this post