Saturday, March 6, 2010

Scabies Pictures What does scabies look like?

So what does scabies pictures look like? Scabies (Sarcoptes scabiei) is a highly contagious parasite also known as the 'human itch mite'. It is a tiny microscopic eight-legged wingless insect or mite that burrows into your skin. It can hardly be seen with the naked eye, but can be felt as creepy crawlys all over your body.

Symptoms of scabies include reddish pimple-like irritations that may puss, but when scratched creates a sore that will not heal easily unless treated with the right medications. It may appear like hives, rashes or zigzag burrows (sores) in the skin often leaving dark black scars when it heals.

The female mite can lay between 1-3 eggs daily. When she lays eggs it produces secretions which often causes an allergic skin reaction. The crawling and laying of eggs cause allergy like symptoms and will often be mis-diagnosed by a General practitioner.

Because the mite cannot be readily seen by the naked eye, the only way to be certain that there is an infestation is to have a laboratory, of course Dr. referred, to get a skin scrapping sample off the affected skin. Or get an idea on what scabies looks like by looking at the picture of scabies page to see if you have been infected.

Another nice website is about pictures of shingles and pictures of ringworm