One of the experts of DoktorTakvimi.com, Uzm. Dr. Abdullah Ünal talked about the unknowns of scabies, which increase in autumn and winter.
Scabies is a type of skin disease caused by the mite "Sarcoptes scabiei von hominis", which is also known as the mange beetle. Although it is believed among the people that it is transmitted only from animals, scabies, which is actually contagious, is caused by a type of mite that is transmitted from person to person by close contact. This type of mite, which is almost impossible to see with the naked eye, first moves under the skin when it comes into contact with the skin of the person. It continues to spread by laying eggs and defecating frequently during its life span of approximately 1-2 months. One of the experts of DoktorTakvimi.com, who gave information about the scabies disease, which causes a significant decrease in the quality of life of the person, Uzm. Dr. Abdullah Ünlü emphasizes that scabies, which is transmitted from person to person, must be treated.
Personal hygiene does not play a role in the transmission of scabies
Stating that the disease increases especially in the autumn and winter months, Uzm. Dr. Abdullah Ünlü said, “The mite that causes scabies, which is the causative agent of the disease; In addition to skin contact, it is transmitted from person to person by common use of products such as towels, sheets, clothes and bedding. The main reason for this is that the mite that causes scabies can live outside the body for 24 to 48 hours. The transmission of scabies has nothing to do with personal hygiene. So much so that the mite can only be transmitted during everyday actions such as shaking hands and hugging. For this reason, the disease spreads rapidly among family members, especially among people sharing the same house, in areas such as military barracks, hospitals and nursing homes.
Although there is a common belief that scabies is transmitted from animal to human, Uzm. Dr. Abdullah Unlu continued as follows:
“Therefore, this mite species cannot survive for long in the human body. It takes about 1 to 3 hours for the mite to pass from animal to human and cause symptoms. However, the symptoms appear in a short time without the need for treatment. Scabies caused by the mite "Sarcoptes scabiei von hominis", which is transmitted from person to person, does not heal on its own and requires scabies treatment.
exp. Dr. According to the information given by Abdullah Ünlü, the characteristic symptom of scabies is itching. It is in the areas of hands, feet, wrists, elbows, belly, waist, hips, armpits, especially between the fingers. Severe itching can be seen in the chest area in women and in the genital area in men. In children, it can cause itching in areas such as the face, the back of the ear, the lower part of the foot and the palms.
Common symptoms of scabies are:
- On the surface of the skin, its length is from 1 to 10 mm. colored lines
- Presence of fluid-filled lesions on the skin
- Formation of appearances resembling black dots at the ends of the tunnels
- An increase in the severity of itching during a hot shower
Although scabies is a very easily transmitted disease, there are some precautions that can be taken to prevent scabies.
Saying that one of them is the prevention of direct contact with the person known to have scabies, Uzm. Dr. Abdullah Ünlü states that products such as towels, sheets and clothes should be washed at temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius in order to protect the people living in the same house. In addition, frequent vacuuming of mattresses, carpets and rugs and meticulous cleaning of the dust chamber of the vacuum cleaner are recommended. Since scabies can be transmitted to another person before it causes symptoms, it may not be possible to prevent scabies in some cases.