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Skin Troubles? How to identify scabies?

Identifying scabies is crucial because it's a contagious skin condition caused by tiny mites known as Sarcoptes scabiei. Here's how to recognize scabies:

  • Intense Itching: Scabies infestation triggers severe itching, particularly at night. This itching is often the first noticeable symptom and can be relentless.

  • Skin Rash: Look for a red, bumpy rash on the skin. Scabies rashes can appear anywhere on the body but are common in areas where mites burrow, such as the wrists, between fingers, elbows, armpits, waistline, buttocks, and genitals.

  • Burrows: Mites create tiny, thread-like burrows under the skin's surface. These appear as raised, grayish-white or skin-colored lines and are a distinctive sign of scabies.

  • Secondary Symptoms: Scratching the itchy rash can lead to open sores, blisters, and crusted areas. These secondary symptoms may become infected.

  • Spread to Others: Scabies is highly contagious, and close physical contact with an infected person can lead to its transmission. If other family members or close contacts experience similar symptoms, it's a strong indicator of scabies.

  • Infants and Children: In young children and infants, scabies can affect the face and scalp, causing redness and pimple-like eruptions.

If you suspect scabies, seek medical attention promptly. A healthcare professional can diagnose scabies through a physical examination or skin scraping. Treatment usually involves prescribed topical creams or oral medications to eliminate the mites.

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