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what causes scabies

By Anonymous February 2, 2012 - 10:12am
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Hi Anonymous,

An infestation results when the female mite burrows into the skin and lays its eggs. The scabies mite does not suck blood. It does not transmit any disease other than scabies between people.

Scabies is highly contagious. Most often, it is passed from person to person through:

  • Close and generally prolonged physical contact
  • Sexual contact


Scabies can also spread from person to person by sharing:

  • Clothing
  • Towels
  • Bedding


Scabies can occasionally also be acquired from certain mammals. It is most common from dogs with sarcoptic mange. Scabies from dogs differs somewhat from human scabies. It rarely passes from person to person.

Risk Factors

Factors that increase your chance of scabies include:

  • Age: less than 15 years, or older than 65 years
  • Sexual contact with new or multiple partners
  • Close, physical contact with a person who has scabies
  • Living in close quarters with others (such as in a nursing home or military barracks)
  • A weakened immune system
  • Close contact with animal scabies

For more information on Scabies symptoms, diagnosis and treatments, please visit our Scabies page: http://www.empowher.com/condition/scabies/

Best Wishes,


February 4, 2012 - 8:01am
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