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Scabies are transmitted in a fashion similar to crabs – frequently as a sexually transmitted infection (penetration is not required). In addition, this infection can spread readily and rapidly in closed environments (where there is close and/or prolonged contact) such as daycare centers, schools and nursing homes.
What is the lifecycle of scabies?
The female mite is drawn to the warmth of a potential host. She penetrates the skin and burrows in and begins to lay eggs (approximately 1-3 eggs per day). The presence of these eggs produces an inflammation similar to an allergic reaction – this is responsible for the intense itchiness. The eggs then hatch, mature into larvae and begin a new life cycle. Without treatment she can procreate for 5 weeks.