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Contracting Scabies

How do you get scabies?

Scabies is contagious, and is usually transmitted by prolonged skin-to-skin contact or through sexual contact with someone else who is infected with it. The infection spreads more easily in crowded conditions and in situations where there is a lot of close contact — like within a household, bus stops, local trains, dormitories, hostels or nursing homes. So if someone in your house, child’s class or playgroup, neighbourhood has scabies, it's wise to have them treated for the infection even before he or she develops symptoms.

The scabies mite cannot jump or fly. Most cases of scabies are probably caught from prolonged hand-holding with an infected person. The hand is the most common site to be first affected.

The mites live in skin and can survive away from the host human for about 24-36 hours. You are unlikely to catch scabies from bedding and towels unless you use them immediately after being used by someone with scabies. However, due to the potential risk, it is best to treat bedding and towels by hot washing.

How do you get scabies?

Scabies is contagious, and is usually transmitted by prolonged skin-to-skin contact or through sexual contact with someone else who is infected with it. The infection spreads more easily in crowded conditions and in situations where there is a lot of close contact — like within a household, bus stops, local trains, dormitories, hostels or nursing homes. So if someone in your house, child’s class or playgroup, neighbourhood has scabies, it's wise to have them treated for the infection even before he or she develops symptoms.

The scabies mite cannot jump or fly. Most cases of scabies are probably caught from prolonged hand-holding with an infected person. The hand is the most common site to be first affected.

The mites live in skin and can survive away from the host human for about 24-36 hours. You are unlikely to catch scabies from bedding and towels unless you use them immediately after being used by someone with scabies. However, due to the potential risk, it is best to treat bedding and towels by hot washing.

Is scabies contagious?

Yes, scabies is contagious. Special care and treatment is to be taken for the person who is infected with scabies. Sleeping with your partner, sharing of clothes, towels, bed sheets are few examples by which family members can get affected.

Do family members also need treatment?

Scabies is highly contagious disease. It can take up to 6 weeks for the symptoms to appear. In some cases, people become carriers of the mites i.e. they will not show any symptoms but will transmit the disease to others. It is suggested that everyone in the family uses Tetmosol Soap even if they don’t have any skin problem to ensure that the mite is eradicated/ removed from the entire household. Continued usage will also ensure that there is low risk of future re-infection in the family.

How do I stop it from coming back?

It is advised to keep your house clean and maintain personal hygiene to reduce the chances of scabies coming back. It is suggested that you keep using Tetmosol soap even after the problem is solved to stop it from coming back.