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Transcript of SCABIES
epidemics in nursing homes
(Transmission of the Mites)
What is Scabies?
Itchy, contagious skin disease
Infestation of itch mites (sarcoptes scabiei)
Transmitted through skin to skin contact
Nodular Scabies (7-10%)
If a person has had scabies before, the itching usually begins within 1 to 4 days.
When a person has not had scabies, the body needs time to develop a reaction to the mite. It can take 2 to 6 weeks to develop symptoms.
Treatment is a cream or lotion that is applied to the entire body from the neck down in most cases.
It is left on for 8 to 14 hours and then washed off. In some cases, a doctor may prescribe pills to treat scabies.
Infestation of eight-legged parasites
they crawl, unable to fly and jump
Signs and symptoms
Itching, mainly at night
alternative medicine usually works by improving the health of the body, so that it may easily kill threatening bacteria or viruses. Though most over the counter medicine will have little to no effect
Thick crusts on the skin
only live off of a host body for 24-36 hours under most conditions.
Sexual physical contact
Clothes with infested mites