Is It Scabbies or Scabies?

So, is it scabbies or scabies?  You may have seen it spelled both ways.  But the proper spelling is scabies with just one b.

Scabies is a disease common to humans.  It is caused by a microscopic mite known as sarcoptes scabiei.  This pest burrows underneath the skin, feeding on human flesh and laying its eggs.  The presence of this mite causes an allergic reaction which creates a lot of red bumps all over the body.  Many people think that these are scabbies bites.

It is very contagious, spreading wherever people live in close conditions.  It is especially likely to spread in day care centers and nursing homes.  Catching scabies doesn’t mean that you have poor hygiene.  It just means you were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

In order to treat it, most doctors recommend that the entire family be treated at once.  In fact, if a day care center is affected, they will recommend that all the families affected be treated at the same time.  Treatment is usually permethrin cream, although stronger creams are available if that does not work.  Natural treatment methods include sulfur powder, tea tree oil, and neem oil.  These must be applied more often in order to be affected.

Scabbies or scabies is more common than people think.  If you think you have it, take a look at the pictures of scabies here on this site.  Then visit your doctor to decide on the best treatment plan for you and for your family.

And don’t worry about misspelling the word as scabbies.  It brought you here, didn’t it?  🙂


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