This article discusses the signs, symptoms and management of scabies.
Scabies is the most common mite infestation in human beings.
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.
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.
Scabies should be suspected in case of,
Diagnosis is confirmed by the demonstration of the mite, its eggs or fecal pellets.
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07 Sep 2018 - 2 min read
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