Scabies is a common infectious disease of the skin caused by a mite. Scabies mites burrow into the skin producing pimple-like irritations or burrows. Scabies can affect anyone.
How is Scabies spread?
Scabies mites are transferred by direct skin to skin contact. Indirect transfer of scabies can occur only in items that have been contaminated by infected people.
What are the symptoms of Scabies?
The most common symptoms of scabies is intense itching particularly at night. The areas of the skin most affected by scabies include the webs and sides of the fingers, around the wrists, elbows, armpits, waist and thighs.
How soon do symptoms appear?
Symptoms will appear from 2 – 6 weeks in people who have not previously been exposed to scabies. People who have had previous bout with scabies mites may show symptoms within 1-4 days after exposure.
When and or how long is a person able to spread Scabies?
A person is able to spread scabies until mites and eggs are destroyed by treatment.
What is the treatment for Scabies?
Medication is available through a prescription from the doctor. If your doctor diagnosis your child with scabies, please notify the your school nurse. Children may return to school 24 hours after treatment and with a doctors note verifying treatment.