WHAT IS SCABIES?
The scabies rash is caused by the human itch mite called Sarcoptes scabiei. Scabies mites are attracted to the warmth and odor of human skin. These microscopic mites literally eat your skin.
Anyone can get scabies. It is a myth that only people who don’t shower and don’t keep a clean home can contract scabies. There is also a stigma associated with scabies and a lot of misinformation.
Scabies is far more common than people expect. The scabies mite is usually passed from person to person, but can also be contracted by using an infected person’s belongings. For example, sharing a bed with someone who has scabies, even if the person is not in the bed, can open the door for you to get this mite.
These particular mites cannot fly, jump or even scuttle away quickly. In fact, they move very slowly and direct contact with them is the only way to become their new host, but once they borrow in they can be a real problem to get rid of.
We've compiled the facts about scabies to give you the knowledge and tools you will need to understand and get rid of this awful little mite.
Once you come in direct contact with these mites, they tend to migrate to an area of your body with rough or wrinkled skin (i.e., elbows, knuckles, knees, etc.). Using its mouth and specially designed cutting surfaces on its front legs, the female mite burrows into the host.
Once inside she leaves a trail of excrement, shedded skin and waste. It's these secretions and waste products that trigger your body's immune system to respond causing inflammation and a rash.