Scabies is an infection of the skin that can result in irritation, itching, and rashes.
It is caused by microscopic mites, called the Sarcoptes Scabiei, which infiltrate the body, deposit their waste, and lay their eggs. Gross. So what are some ways you can prevent yourself from getting scabies and spreading scabies?
Avoid Contact with Other People Who Have Scabies
This is the most essential point for reducing your chance of scabies, as they are contagious and can move from body to body. You can’t get scabies from just rubbing against someone or passing handshaking with someone, as it needs to be more prolonged contact.
Physical contact, such as hugging or kissing, can lead to the transfer of scabies. So can living and sharing a living space with someone who has scabies and is untreated. It is essential for those who do contract scabies to immediately seek medical treatment to reduce the risk of giving it to others.
Be Aware of What is Around You
There are certain areas that are more susceptible to have scabies and to give you scabies. A few of these environments and settings are listed below:
- Classrooms, specifically classrooms that have younger children
- Nursing homes, as they are packed communal residencies
- College dormitories and college shared bathrooms
- Gym bathrooms and locker rooms
- Childcare centers and sleep-away camps
- Gyms and places where sporting matches are held
If you are in any of these settings, make sure that you are practicing the most impeccable personal hygiene that you can. Shower regularly, and make sure that you wash any clothes that may have been exposed to possible mites. Close-knit quarters are breeding grounds for scabies.
Wash and Dryer Your Clothes Thoroughly
Keeping your clothes and your body clean can significantly reduce the risk of scabies. If you are in an area that may have scabies or don’t know if you are in an area that has scabies, wash your clothes thoroughly to make sure they do not infest the fabric. You should use hot water to kill the mites and their eggs and dry the clothing or fabric immediately after.
Good hygiene is also a reliable and holistic way to prevent scabies and endorse overall wellness. You should be aware of and in tune with your body and the baseline condition of your body. This will help you recognize if something is off, and if you may potentially have contracted scabies.
Scabies is not only uncomfortable, but it is also disgusting. Nobody wants microscopic mites, their droppings, and their eggs to manifest their body. Once scabies is there, if it is not treated correctly, the mites will breed and continue to increase their presence until they make themselves known.If you do have a case of scabies, or suspect that you might, consult a medical professional as quickly as possible. This will help you get proper treatment, and prevent spreading it to other people. For more tips on scabies prevention, refer to either CDC.gov or VeryWellHealth.com.