Scabies is a highly dangerous contagious infection of the skin caused by Sarcoptes scabiei, a microscopic parasitic mite.
The mites basically burrow under the skin, live on the blood, lay eggs, and produce toxins to cause an intense itchy rash, a scabies symptom.
Intense itching is the first and the most common scabies symptom that usually starts appearing within the first few days after the mite attacks. It begins as a slight rash and itching.
However, the itching becomes more intense and worse especially at night and over most of the body parts.
Initially, the symptom appears as a streak of small blisters or red bumps. The skin may become hard or scaly in most severe conditions.
Scabies is a very common skin infection around the world that everybody acquires it. It is found that over 300 million people are acquiring scabies worldwide, every year. Transmission of scabies is most possible with close and prolonged skin-to-skin contact with an infected person.
The physical skin-to-skin contact [Skin to skin contact causes Scabies] where the mites can pass is, of course, sexual contacts.
Remember that scabies is very common among young people who are sexually active. It is hard to get scabies through sharing towel, clothing, bed and the things of a person who has scabies.
The amount of time it takes to develop scabies symptoms depends on the infected person. For a newly infected person, normally, it takes two to six weeks to develop the symptoms.
On the other hand, person who have had scabies previously and re-exposed can develop symptoms within one to four days.
The scabies symptom usually occurs due to the allergic reactions caused by the toxins that the parasitic mites produced in the skin.
In adults, the symptom first appears in body folds, mainly between the fingers, on the elbows, the buttocks, near the nipples. However, in children, it can affect the complete body, including the head, the scalp, the palms, and the soles of the feet.
The other scabies symptoms include a scabies burrow on the surface of the skin. It is a common scabies symptom that can appear on the entire body: the neck, back, buttock, ankles, chest, elbows, stomach and pubic region.
Nodules are also an indicative scabies symptom. This symptom is generally very painful and can continue to exist even after the scabies is exterminated.
Acropustulosis is one more scabies symptom that mostly occurs in children. The symptom usually appears as tiny blisters and pustules on the skin and can cause severe discomfort and soreness.
Even though, this skin infection can be treated easily, it is very essential to pay attention to the scabies symptoms all the time, as the symptoms of scabies can sometimes misleading to other skin disorders and cannot create a proper diagnosis.
Remember that the scabies mites and the scabies symptoms can be exposed only by careful assessment of the body.
Noticing scabies symptoms at early stages and confirming the presence of scabies mites in the skin can help deal with the condition easily through an appropriate scabies treatment.