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 A friend of mine has scabies. These are tiny mites that burrow in the skin and can red raised spots in the folds of skin. They are mostly found in the webs of skin between fingers, under the armpits and in the groin area. They can be found on the backs of legs, shoulders, buttocks and between the breasts in women. Most people get scabies from direct, skin to skin contact, but can also get them from infested items such as bedding, clothes and furniture. The mite can survive 2 or 3 days without human contact. These mites can cause severe itching. The female scabie mite can lay 50 to 300 eggs in her lifetime, which is about 6 to 8 weeks. The eggs hatch in 9 days and then they, in turn lay eggs, keeping the process going.

This mite can travel from the infected person to another person. Most people get scabies from direct, skin-to-skin contact. Less often, people pick up mites from infested items such as bedding, clothes, and furniture. The mite can survive for about 48 to 72 hours without human contact. Worldwide, there are millions of cases of scabies each year.

The doctor recommended a cream that contains Permethrin, a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide. Recommended that they do not use that cream as Permethrin is not a safe insecticide. I suggested that they cover the area with a thick layer of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. This will smother the scabie mites as they have to breathe air like everyone else. It is important to wash all towels, clothes and bedsheets at a very high temperature. Any items that cannot be washed in high temperatures should be place in plastic bags for a week or so. The mites will die within that period. Also, all furniture such as couches should be thoroughly cleaned and the carpets vacuumed.

Don’t use insecticides for scabies. Smother them with Vaseline.


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One thought on “Scabies

  1. Thank you for this practical info. I’ve not had scabies nor have known someone who has. But nice to make a mental note of what to do if need be.

    Posted by Jakki | February 15, 2019, 4:59 pm

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