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A Common Human Mite Infestation - Scabies

Written by
Dr. Suvash Sahu
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Nov 02, 2016 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2018   -  2 min read

Abstract

Abstract

This article discusses the signs, symptoms and management of scabies.

A Common Human Mite Infestation - Scabies
Contents

Scabies is the most common mite infestation in human beings.

Scabies Causative Organism

The itch mite is Sarcoptes scabiei var hominis. It has an oval shaped body with four pairs of short legs. The female mite is larger than the male. In a usual patient of scabies, average number of mites is 10 to 12. However, in crusted scabies, it can be up to two million.

Mode of Transmission

Transmission is facilitated by overcrowding and poor hygiene. It also spreads by close physical contact including sex. As the mite does not survive for more than two days away from a moist environment, transmission through clothing is unlikely.

Clinical Features of Scabies

Diagnosis

Scabies should be suspected in case of,

  1. Itchy papules or nodules involving the classical sites.
  2. History of itching at night.
  3. History of similar complaints in other family members.

Diagnosis is confirmed by the demonstration of the mite, its eggs or fecal pellets.

Treatment Modalities

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