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American Academy of Dermatology: What to Do If You Get Scabies
By: Marketwired .
Nov. 14, 2017 02:22 PM
SCHAUMBURG, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 11/14/17 -- Scabies is a common skin condition caused by the human itch mite. People get scabies when the mite burrows into the top layer of their skin to live and feed. When the skin reacts to the mite -- which is so small that you would need a microscope to see it -- an extremely itchy rash develops.
"Most people get scabies from direct skin-to-skin contact, although it's possible to get scabies from infested bedding, clothes and furniture," said board-certified dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, FAAD, an assistant professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. "Since scabies is contagious, it tends to spread easily among children, mothers with young children, and residents of nursing homes and extended care facilities."
According to dermatologists from the American Academy of Dermatology, common signs and symptoms of scabies include:
"Scabies can develop anywhere on the skin; however, the mites prefer to burrow in certain parts of the body," said Dr. Zeichner. "The most common places to have symptoms are the hands, arms and any skin covered by clothing or jewelry, such as the wrist, belt line and groin."
If you suspect you have scabies, Dr. Zeichner recommends the following tips:
1. See a board-certified dermatologist. Some people do not seek medical help because they are embarrassed. However, people who are very clean and neat can get scabies, and people of all ages, races and income levels get scabies.
"Medicine to effectively treat scabies is only available with a doctor's prescription," said Dr. Zeichner. "If you notice symptoms or are told that you have been around someone who has scabies, see a board-certified dermatologist for treatment."
These tips are demonstrated in "What to Do if You Have Scabies," a video posted to the AAD website and YouTube channel. This video is part of the AAD's "Video of the Month" series, which offers tips people can use to properly care for their skin, hair and nails. A new video in the series posts to the AAD website and YouTube channel each month.
Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 19,000 physicians worldwide, the AAD is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the AAD at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or aad.org. Follow the AAD on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology), Twitter (@AADskin), or YouTube (AcademyofDermatology).
To view this release in a media-rich version, go to: http://aad.new-media-release.com/2017/scabies/
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