Dogs, cats, even hamsters can contract scabies. Can humans? The answer, unfortunately, is yes. In humans, the organism responsible for this disease is Sarcoptes scabiei, a microscopic mite. It is spread through prolonged, direct skin-to-skin contact, which occurs in places like:
- Childcare facilities
- Nursing homes.
Symptoms often appear slowly and get worse over time. They also may be especially worse at night. Common signs include a pimple-like rash on the skin, intense itching, and redness. Scabies can often be diagnosed based on a visual examination alone, but at times, a skin scraping may be done and looked at under a microscope to be sure.
There is no home remedy for scabies -- you need to see a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment. In addition, you will need to take steps in the home to eradicate the mites.
(Click Scabies to learn more about how humans get this disease, additional symptoms, the detailed diagnostic process, and specific treatment steps.)