Scabies is a contagious skin disorder caused by the infestation of tiny crawling mites called the Scabies itch mite or Human itch mite. Scabies mites can increase rapidly underneath the skin, as each female can lie between 1 and 3 eggs per day.

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The most obvious symptoms of scabies are red pimple-like blemishes on the skin. Scabies most frequently occur on the elbows, wrists, knees, heels, armpits, inner thighs, shoulder blades, on the webbing between or on the sides of the fingers, but scabies can appear on parts of the entire body.

Scabies normally feel itchy and sometimes sore if you give in to your need to scratch. Scabies spread by direct, intimate skin-to-skin contact with individuals who already have the disorder. Since only prolonged contact will extend infestation to others, a quick handshake or a hug is harmless. The infestation, however, can be spread to household members and sexual partners easily. You also run the risk of scabies infestation if you share personal articles such as towels, clothing and bedding with an infected individual.

Pets can also get scabies, however they usually become infested with a different kind of scabies mite. To avoid becoming re-infested with scabies you must soak all of your clothing, towels, bedding, combs, brushes and even hair barrettes in a combination of hot water (above 120-degrees Fahrenheit) and safe solution.

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