What is scabies?
Scabies is a common cause of itching caused by infestation with a mite called as sarcoptis scabiei. It is mostly seen in poor hygenic conditions and overcrowded settlements that permit close body contact.
Transmission of scabies
Fertilized female mite burrows into skin and lays eggs. Close contact with scabies infected individual or his belongings like towel, clothes, etc is responsible for transmission of disease.
What are symptoms and signs of scabies?
- burrows formed by mite are seen as wavy dirty appearing lines on skin, and is a typical characteristic feature of scabies.
- burrows may be seen in wrists, borders of hands, sides of fingers, finger web spaces, male genitalia, etc.
- nocturnal itching: most marked when person is warm and sleeping in bed.
- itchy papules may be seen around axilla, around areolar and umblical region, buttocks and thighs.
- scalp, face, palms and soles are involved in infants and children.