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Scabies Danger and Prevention

Scabies is a skin infestation with an itch mite that gets into the skin’s epidermis and lays its eggs there. Scabies causes serious itching and a rash that looks just like pimples. Most of the time, people get scabies by getting into extended contact with an infested person. Scabies can affect anybody, anywhere, of any race

or social class. Crowded living conditions encourage its spread. Often, scabies breaks out in institutions like hospitals, prisons, and nursing homes.

Symptoms may not appear for up to two months after the mites get into your skin, but that does not mean that transmission cannot occur. Apart from avoiding getting into prolonged skin contact with an infested person, you definitely want to avoid having infestation from bedding's that may have been used by someone who is infested. For example if you are using a mattress that has been used before or if someone living in the same house as you has been infested, then treating the mattress is very important. The treatment has to happen concurrently so that there is no repeated exposure.

You cannot get scabies from an animal. Among adults, scabies is very often spread from an infested person to his or her sexual partner. There is a strain of scabies called Norwegian scabies that spreads much more easily. Norwegian scabies is much more severe and manifests in thick crusts of skin heavily filled with many mites and eggs. Mites found in crusted scabies are usually very many more than 2 million in a patient. It is very contagious. People who have crusted scabies can spread it easily through skin contact, clothes, furniture and bedding. This is because they shed the mites.

The major symptom of scabies is serious itching, and it is treated by either swallowing drugs or by applying ointment that deals with the infestation. The mites are as small as a third of a millimeter. As they burrow in the skin, they cause very strong itching. More than 300 million people are infested with scabies every year. Make sure that your mattress is covered in a mattress pad which is closed and made of plastic. The mites can live in the mattress from where they can easily come back and feed on you. The mattress cover has to be wiped regularly using disinfectant. The mattress cover has to be on for more than four days to ensure that all mites are dead because they can live for up to 96 hours without going back to the host body.

A mattress cover acts as a barrier between you and any parasites residing within the mattress. It protects you from all dirt, locks out moisture, saves you from having to buy another mattress soon and of course prevents any re infestation with scabies. Aside from preventing scabies, a mattress cover prevents mold, dust mites, bed bugs and any other skin parasite that may reside within the mattress from coming into contact with you. Pillows too can be covered in plastic as well as with a pillow case to keep the pillow mite free. Wash all bedding's and more importantly expose them to high heat in the dryer for at least 25 minutes in the morning. Leaving bedding on the floor makes them more susceptible to mite infestation.

Towels need 20 minutes in the drier to kill mites that have moved from the infested person’s skin to the towel. This ensures that the mites are not transferred to other clothes in the laundry basket. Since the mattress is the most common culprit next to clothing, we suggest buying Evolution Mattress ZipCover Encasements they are bed bug proof, and allergen proof. They are locked with a zipper providing complete protection from dampness and infestation. The fabric fees like cotton but it offers superb protection from bedbugs and mites. The product comes with an amazing 10 year warranty. It has been approved my medics to prevent mites.