How Contagious Is Scabies?

Scabies is a skin infection caused by a parasite known as a mite. The mite burrows into the skin and causes you to have a very irritating itch. The itching is intense and allergic. Scabies affects both humans and animals and it is a highly contagious skin disease.

 

Scabies can easily be spread when you get into contact with an infected person. This is usually when you rub skin together. Like other contagious skin diseases, scabies can be passed on when you share personal items like brushes, combs and towels. You should therefore ensure that you own such stuff in order to avoid possible infection. Scabies can also be transmitted during sexual contact. You should ensure that your sexual partner does not have the disease to prevent you from getting it.

 

Scabies is more spread via direct contact than indirect contact. With direct contact, symptoms will begin appearing on your skin about 2 to 6weeks after exposure if you have never had scabies before. If you have suffered from it before, symptoms can begin to show as early as 24 hours after exposure.

 

Scabies are not as contagious on indirect contact as they are on direct contact. This means that you are less likely to have scabies if you use the personal effects of the infected person long after they use it but you are more likely to get it immediately after they use it.

 

Scabies can be spread easily as long as you still have the mites in you and their eggs are still alive. Therefore, you need to seek treatment to kill the mites and their eggs. There are several effective treatments for scabies that you can use. Some treatments are prescribed by the doctor while others are bought over the counter.

 

Among the many available treatments for scabies, one of them is lotions that are used on the affected area. The lotions are different depending on what they contain. Some skin lotions have permethrin, lindane or crotamiton. These are best described by a doctor and you are to follow instructions as stated to ensure that the treatment is effective enough on you.

 

They say prevention is better than cure and therefore you need to learn how to avoid getting this skin disease by taking just a few measures. Ensure that you avoid any physical contact with those that have the disease and avoid using their belongings.

 

Finally, scabies is a manageable disease and you should not despair when you get it.

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