Scabies are small parasites that can infect the skin and cause intense itching. They are transferred from skin-to-skin contact, meaning that as well as being passed on through non-sexual contact, they can also be passed on through sexual contact.
It’s extremely important to treat the problem quickly if you want to prevent the scabies from being passed on to anyone else. Treatment can include creams and lotions which are available from most pharmacies. This medication kills the mites and should be repeated 1 week later to ensure any eggs that have hatched are also killed.
- Mite – Sarcoptes scabiei
- Female mites burrow into the human skin to lay eggs
- Female adults lay 2–3 eggs per day
- The young take around 10 days to turn into adult mites
- Skin to skin contact can’t survive off a host for more than 72 hours
- Can affect any part of the human body
- Itching is prevalent, especially at night
- Hands and wrist commonly affected
- Raw, broken skin lesions appear
- Silvery skin burrows may be observed
- As well as treating the body, bedding and clothing will need to be washed at 50 degrees