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SCABIES: WHO CAN GET INFECTED?

Scabies can affect anyone irrespective of age, race or colour. The following groups of people are prone to get scabies:

  • Children
  • Mothers of young children
  • Young adults still sexually active
  • Residents of nursing homes  and extended-care facilities
  • Hospitalised patients
  • Weakened immunity
  • Patients living with HIV/AIDS, lymphoma and leukaemia
  • Patients with transplanted organs

Crusted scabies is very contagious. A crust filled with the human mites can fall off the patches. This fallen crust can provide food, as well as protection for the bugs, making them live for as long as one week outside the human skin.

Scabies can spread through infected people who manifest no symptoms. A person who has no previous experience of scabies would manifest symptoms after about 2 to 6 weeks.

SCABIES: THE CAUSES

Scabies is a common skin condition that is caused by the human itch mite. The human itch mite is an eight-legged bug that burrows into the uppermost skin layer to feed and dwell. It produces a widespread rash on the body that is accompanied by intense itching.

This chronic skin condition can be spread in the following ways:

  • Direct skin-to-skin contact.
  • Sexual intercourse.
  • Using infested objects such as a towel, bedding, or upholstered furniture.

Scabies cannot be gotten from mites infested animals because the type of scabies that affects humans is different.

Scabies is contracted through a brief hug or handshake.

OUR PATIENTS REVIEW

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ReviewsI was suffering from terrible allergies. Over the counter medications didn't help much and life was going from bad to worse. I started spending more time browsing the web for a solution. Then, a colleague recommended me the Clear skin Clinic. I went for the first consultation without much expectation. But the moment I arrived, all my worries were put to rest. I underwent the pinprick allergy testing to learn that I was allergic to dust mites. Since then, I bought cleaning products and vacuums as suggested by these people and that helped. I suffer seldom now, thanks to Clear skin Clinic.

Paul Blackwell (Patient Review)

Paul Blackwell

5 months ago

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ReviewsMy eczema had been a constant problem since I was young and I had treatment of different sorts with mixed results. It was a colleague who suggested that I go to Clear Skin Clinic and see if they could help. I was so impressed by the staff at the clinic all of whom were kind and efficient. I have started treatment now and my skin is looking so much better.

Shirley Miller (Patient Review)

Shirley Miller

11 months ago