Scabies symptoms are very common. They can be observed in children and even in adults. It is however extremely important that you be able to distinguish the symptoms so that proper medical attention can be administered before the condition gets worst. Scabies cannot be passed on by the shaking of hands or even touching the clothes with someone who has the condition. It can be transmitted by close physical contact. This is the primary reason why babies are very prone. If the mother has scabies her hug can transmit the scabies mite to the baby. Since there is an incubation period it is important to distinguish the early symptoms.
Skin itching is the first symptom. The itching becomes noticeable at night because the skin becomes warmer. It may take approximately 4 weeks for the itching to appear after a person becomes infected. This is the estimated time that the body reacts to the mite droppings. However, if you have had a previous scabies infection, your body will react in just 1-2 days. The itching can be intense and troublesome in small children and older adults. This is actually the reaction of the body to the infection. If your child develops intense itching in certain parts of the body, then it may be a scabies infection.
Irritated skin is another symptom. It usually manifests itself in skin rashes and skin sores. The skin sores appear like tiny curving tracks and are the result of the mites that are starting to burrow on the outer layer of the skin. It is possible that you can see a small blister. It is also possible that you can see the mite itself that appears like a very tiny dot on your skin. If you start scratching the area, the scabies marks will be difficult to see. In the case of babies, what appears is red and inflamed skin. Upon closer examination, you will see small blisters or small sores.
The symptoms are likely to be found in certain areas of the body. It is advisable to check these areas to determine if the itching and irritation is scabies. Most symptoms appear on the surface of the elbows and in the armpits, between the finger and on the wrist area near the palms and around the navel or the waistline. In women, the symptoms can appear around the nipples, the bra line and even on the sides of the breast. In men, it is possible that the symptoms can be discovered in the genital area. In babies the symptoms can appear around the neck, on the face or even on the scalp. The soles of the feet and the palms of the hands are areas to watch. Babies usually develop tiny sores in these areas.
It is advisable to seek medical attention if you discover the symptoms of scabies. Delaying your trip to the doctor may cause a secondary lesion to develop and this can be troublesome. The scabies symptoms will form lesions and can erupt and cause discomfort and affect your daily routine and activity.