Scabies is a highly contagious skin problem which occurs due to the infestation of itch mite Sarcoptes scabiei. The itch mite is eight-legged parasite that is just 1/3 mm in length. These mites go inside the skin to cause itching and skin problems. Only the female mites enter the human body. The itching increased at night. Scabies mites can crawl and become immobile at temperature less than 20. But they can survive for a very long period of time even at this temperature. The most common places of scabies mites are homeless population, nursing homes, hospitals and other health care institutions like this.
As scabies is a contagious disease so it can occur with the direct but very close skin to skin contact. Scabies mites will die if they wont find host within 24 to 36 hours and under specific temperature and environmental conditions. Although scabies is very hard to get with hand shaking and by hanging your clothes to the clothes of infested person but it is not impossible. So do take care of this. Scabies also come under sexually transmitted disease (STD) and so more common in sexually active young people.
Itching is the first scabies symptom. Scabies is formed in the form of skin rash with which blisters and small red bumps also appears. Wrist, back, elbows, waist, genital areas, back of feet and web between the fingers are the most common areas to have scabies symptoms. In hundreds of pimples of scabies there might be 10-15 mites.
In infants and young children, scabies rash appears on head, face, palms, neck and soles of feet.
The infection is also termed as “burrows” or “tunnels”, which are very small threadlike projections having length of 2 to 15 mm. The color can be gray, red or brown. With scratching the burrows get destroyed.
Scabies symptoms may not appear up to two months of scabies infestation. But during this time also an infested person is able to transfer the disease to other person.
Scabies mites have become resistant to most of the pesticides but still they can be cured with neem. Over the past so many years neem has been used to kill insects and pest and astonishingly no variety has become resistant to neem. Neem has many chemicals that act in different ways. This is the main reason why neem resistant is difficult to get.
Neem is an antiseptic that deals with scabies mites on natural front. Neem has the property to create numbness in the skin where it is used. Neem actually reduces any kind of inflammation and redness. Also it will cure the secondary infection that has happened because of scabies. Neem is also a natural contraceptive that stops the reproduction of scabies mites.