Many people write to us and say, tell me about scabies. We will now go over what are scabies, and then discuss the most effective and safest treatment for scabies.

What are scabies

Scabies is a skin infection that is caused by a type of mite. It is very contagious. Scabies mites burrow, or tunnel, under the outer layer of skin. This produces pimple-like irritations known as the scabies rash. These mites lay eggs under the skin and feed on blood. The mites are about the size of a pinhead, are nearly transparent, and usually cannot be seen.

Symptoms of scabies

The most common symptom of scabies is extreme itching, particularly at night. The skin also becomes red and blistered. The itching is the result of an allergic reaction to the mites and their waste.

The most common areas of skin affected by scabies include: Between the toes and fingers, around the wrist, folds of the elbow, armpits, beltline, abdomen, genitalia, nipples, buttocks, and the groin. Babies and small children may get it on the face, scalp or soles of the feet.

The symptoms usually appear from two to six weeks after becoming infested. However, people who have previously had scabies can show symptoms within a few days.

Now that we have answered tell me about scabies, we will go over how it spreads and the best treatment.

How does scabies spread

After “tell me about scabies”, the next most common question we are asked is “how does it spread”.

Scabies is transferred by direct skin-to-skin contact. It can also be transferred by contact with clothes or bedding that has been contaminated by an infected person. A very common way to get scabies is to shake hands with an infected person. It can also be transmitted during sexual contact.

You cannot get scabies from pets. Scabies mites only infest humans. Scabies mites can only survive for three or four days if they are away from the human body.

You are contagious and can spread scabies until all the mites and eggs are killed by a treatment.

Now that we have answered what are scabies and tell me about scabies, it is important to discuss treatment for scabies.

Treatment for scabies

Everyone living with an infected person, as well as intimate contacts, should be treated. Everyone should be treated at the same time to prevent re-infestation with scabies from other persons who might be infected but do not have any symptoms yet.

Also, the infected persons clothing and bedding needs to be washed in hot water and ironed so as to kill the mite and all of its eggs.

Fortunately, there is a very safe and effective scabies treatment. This treatment not only eliminates and kills the scabies mites, but also kills the eggs. It will end the itching, and stop the pain and sores. Best of all, it has none of the dangerous side effects of many prescription medications. It is called Naturasil. Follow this link for more detailed information.

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