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How Do You Get Scabies

Updated on March 2, 2011

What Are Scabies ?

How do you get scabies?, is one of the first questions that are asked when someone has the itchy mites. Before we go on to answer the question, let us first determine exactly what scabies are. They are very tiny little mites that are highly contagious. They are between 0.2mm and 0.4mm long - a microscope is usually needed to see them.

The female scabies mite burrows through the top layer of skin and then she lays her eggs. After 10 - 14 days the eggs hatch into larvae and then the larvae makes its way back up towards the skin surface. The female mite is able to live for as long as 2 months. She lays 3 eggs each day and can travel as fast as 3 cms per minute, making an infestation of scabies easy.

The mites are not in any way fussy either, any age or race can become infested. Over 300 million cases of scabies occurr worldwide every year ! Nowhere in the world escapes, the scabies mite, they are found all over the world. The scabies mite has been causing infestation since as far back as 2,500 years ago.

I know, it's alarming isn't it ? Ok, now let's go on to answer that question, 'how do you get scabies ?'

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Now that we have determined what Scabies are let's talk about how we actually get them in the first place. Well it's not difficult to get scabies, they are highly contagious. If you were to come into contact with someone who has scabies 'a prolonged handshake' would be enough to pass the scabies on. In fact, any type of skin contact will do it.

You don't even have to come into contact with the person either, scabies can also be spread by sharing towels, bedding or clothes with a person who already has scabies.

Away from the human body the scabies mites are able to live for up to 48 hours. Even a cuddly toy that a child sleeps with could be holding the scabies mites. This is why it is not just enough to treat humans to get rid of the mites but bedding etc. A person who has scabies is contagious and poses a threat of spreading the mites until they have been treated.

If a child attending school has scabies, then there is a good chance that it will spread quickly. Children tend to have close skin to skin contact whilst engaging in playing activities. It is also common in nursing homes as this is also a place with skin to skin contact.

Summary of How do you Get Scabies ?

Here I have collected the most common ways that someone can get scabies. Of course it can be hard to prevent sometimes, as you may not even know that someone has scabies. In the early days, they may not even know themselves !

  1. Prolonged personal contant
  2. Close contact, usually beginning at the wrist by holding hands with a person who has scabies.
  3. Sharing clothing, bedding or towels with someone who has scabies.
  4. Sleeping with someone who has scabies.
  5. Sitting on a coach or cloth chair that is infested with mites from someone who sat there within the last 72 hours.
  6. Sleeping on a mattress that is infested with scabies mites from someone who slept there within the last 72 hours.

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Imagine, if you went away for a weekend and the person who stayed in the room had scabies - the mites could be crawling all over the mattress just waiting to burrow into your skin !

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Can you get Scabies from Your Pets ?

No, you can't. Most people who get scabies tend to start looking at their pets to see if they are scratching, thinking that they will have got the mites from them, but this is not the case. Pets can carry scabies mites, but it is a different kind of mite, called mange. However, if your pet is suffering with mange then the mite can transfer onto your skin and is able to live there only for a couple of days. It can still cause you itching and skin irritation the same as if you were infested with scabies, but these mites will die after a couple of days and are not able to reproduce.

If you have a pet who has Mange then you do not have to treat yourself to get rid of the scabies but you can still use products to relieve the itching. Mange is equally as painful for your pet as scabies is for you so it is important to treat your pet quickly. Also, the quicker that your pet is treated the quicker they will stop passing the Mange onto you - I know they can only last a couple of days, but who wants a couple of days filled with itching ?

The warmth of the human body and human blood will keep scabies alive. If they are away from the body, it could take between 48 and 72 hours for the mite to die.

Getting Rid of Scabies Around the Home.

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Can be sprayed on all areas - clothes, walls, beds, floors - get rid of the itchy mites with Kleen Free.

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    • Greg 2 weeks ago

      I just had my second coating of NIX to rid myself of of scabies....disgusting is all I can idea who gave it to me...could have gotten it from public transit or a taxi cab..who knows...

    • Steve 5 months ago

      We gave a ride to a person being treated. Can we catch them off our car seat

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      YES, and what I want to know is bentonite and clay mixed w/vinegar does it really work?

    • greatgifts4u 4 years ago

      Just thinking about it makes me itch!

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    • Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA


    No, I am itch free :)

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      • charri withrow 5 months ago

        I picked up scabies at my health club in the sauna they are telling me that the heat kills scabies that is the only place I had bare skin in the sauna and it is dirty!

      • hayleylou lm 4 years ago

        @sandra-lane-1232: If it is scabies that the person has then there is a good chance that you will get it. I would get the person to go to the docs and confirm what the itching is.

      • sandra-lane-1232 4 years ago

        i know someone who is itching and ive been in the same bed, but im not scratching this person has been scratching for over 2 weeks but i have no signs of itching. this person is itchy mostly at night scratching to bleeding

      Scabies is not due to poor hygiene.

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      Places Where Scabies Outbreaks are Common

      Scabies outbreaks are common in places where there are large groups of people, such as :

      • Childcare and Schools
      • Hospitals
      • Prisons
      • Nursing Homes

      Have you ever had Scabies ?

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          Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

          I do not know, but is there something visual to look for. Like actual scabs. Good niche and lenses. Keep building backlinks for Google.

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          Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

          Never had them as far as I know - they are nasty looking little things, aren't they?

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          Amelia7410 6 years ago

          WOw, I have heard of scabies, but don't know much about them. Thanks for the information. I never want to have it.

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          Sherry Venegas 6 years ago from La Verne, CA

          Ha! I totally did not know I have seen this before, but I am going to add this to my Coolest Niches lensography. Not a cool thing to deal with, but good info to have at one place.

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          anonymous 6 years ago

          good awareness len ..great visit my newest len bed bugs-2 thanks again for this information

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          OUTFOXprevention1 5 years ago

          Great lens! A little creepy, but awareness is important for prevention.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          super informative website - glad to know the scabies/mange of the kitten we rescued is not caused by the same mite. we went to the vet & are taking care of the kitten's infestation...

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          ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

          Thanks for sharing! Great information to know!

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          me 2 months ago

          I just got told my grandson had them. he sleeps in my bed a lot because he gets scared and comes running in well we all had to get treated last night to make sure we do not get it. I just wonder WHERE does it come from for someone to be able to catch it in the first place where do they form?

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