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Scabies

Scabies is a contagious skin disease caused by the itch mite. Infection is transmitted through handshaking, sharing the bed, clothes and by sexual contacts. In some cases, people can be infected while taking a bath or a shower, at the hotels and hostels if the rules of hygiene are neglected. The disease can occur at any age in men, women and children.

The incubation period usually lasts from 2 to 10 days, sometimes more. In summer, this period is shorter than in winter. Clinical manifestations of scabies include barely visible eruptions and a severe itching, which is worse in the evening and at night. The eruptions are found on the skin area with a delicate and thin horny layer, such as interdigital folds on the hands, anterior surfaces of the armpits, buttocks, lower part of the abdomen and the thighs. In small children,  the palms, the soles and the face are usually affected. The mite’s passage presents in the form of the whitish-grey wiggly line resembling a superficial scratch made with the point of a needle. Besides the mite’s passages, vesicles and nodes, the clinical picture also includes some linear, point scrapes consisting of reddish strips and small bleeding crusts.  In advance cases, scabies is often complicated by a purulent infection with the occurrence of boils and other purulent processes, which can lead to disability.

With the appearance of skin itching becoming worse in the evening and at night, skin eruptions on the wrists, abdomen and other parts of the body, do not hesitate to consult a doctor immediately! There is a wide range of remedies for treating scabies. The doctor will prescribe you proper treatment taking into account your age, sex and individual peculiarities.

Self-medication cannot be allowed, because it may lead to complications and other unfavorable consequences. In order to prevent repeated infection, disinfection is necessary.