Scabies Patient Resource
Scabies is caused, by tiny insects which burrow along in the skin, laying effs as they go. Above the eggs small blisters form, surrounded by red patches – these are very itchy
Why is it important to treat Scabies?
Scabies will not go away without treatment.
- Scratching a lot can lead to serious skin infections.
- Untreated skin infections can lead to kidney and blood infections.
- People who have scabies for a long time can get permanent scarring of the skin.
- Children scratching lot find it hard to concentrate and learn.
- Preschool and school teachers can ask that children with untreated scabies be kept at home.
Who gets it?
- Anyone! Even the cleanest people get scabies.
- Washing in soap and water or swimming in the sea will not prevent or cure it.
How do you catch it?
- Scabies spreads easily to other people in the family, to boyfriends and girlfriends and to children’s friends.
- By close body contact e.g. holding hands, hugging, sleeping together.
- By sharing clothes and bedding.
- Scabies do not live in furniture or carpets.
How do you know you have it?
- Scabies causes a very itchy rash which is worse at bedtime or when you are warm.
- The rash is caused by the scabies laying eggs.
- Small blisters form surrounded by red patches. You may notice the rash first:
- on the wrist
- between your fingers
- around the waist
- on the bottom
- on private parts
4. If someone in the family has scabies, others may have caught it without noticing a rash or itch.
5. If you are not sure if you have scabies, talk to your Doctor, Practice Nurse, Public Health Nurse or Plunket Nurse.
Last updated : Thursday, May 18, 2017
Next review date : Friday, May 18,2018
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