October 04, 2016
The sheer thought or mention of scabies is likely to have most people recoiling in horror. Scabies is an infestation of the skin by the human itch mite, Sarcoptes scabiei. Infestations occur when the mite, barely visible to the naked eye, burrows into the epidermis (outermost layer of skin) and lays eggs, triggering a host immune response that leads to intense itching. Scabies is highly contagious and spreads principally by direct skin"to"skin contact and to a lesser extent through contact with infested garments and bedclothes.