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Know The Difference Between Scabies & Bed Bugs

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It’s a tough subject to breach because nobody likes parasites, especially ones that live on you. But scabies and bed bugs both affect the skin with itchy rashes, scabs and some serious irritation. It’s important to look out for the signs, know the difference between these mites and learn how to avoid their existence all together. They manifest themselves without warning and feeding off of the human body. Bed bugs are well known for spreading through hotel rooms and, bedding, clothes and furniture, but scabies can transfer through the same places. They can only live 48 to 72 hours without human contact, which is why they can transfer from person to place to person so readily.

A notable difference is how the parasites are transferred. Scabies can be passed to other people until properly treated with Permethrin, a commonly used topical cream used to destroy the harmful mites. Meanwhile bed bug bites cannot be passed from one person to another because they’re ectoparasites, which means they live on the outside of the skin and bite a person, suck their blood and then leave.

Scabies infestation is parasitic in which the mites burrow beneath the skin line. It could take several weeks before a person realizes the mites have manifested themselves into the skin in the first place. Worldwide, there are millions of cases of scabies each year. Anyone can get scabies, even those who are very clean and neat can get scabies. It tends to spread easily in nursing homes and extended-care facilities. The good news is that a dermatologist can successfully diagnose and treat scabies.

The mite causes this common skin condition known as scabies, is called the human itch mite. This eight-legged bug is so small that you cannot see it when it first transfers onto your skin. People get scabies when the mite burrows into the top layer of skin to live and feed. When the skin reacts to the mite, secondary skin infections are common from scratching because it’s extremely irritating and can become serious infections. Bed bug infections are rare.

Unfortunately, bed bugs are harder to get rid of than scabies. Scabies topical solution will make bed bug sufferers jealous after what they have to go through. If you, a family member, or even someone living in the same building as you, have bed bugs, total eradication requires pest control intervention of the entire facility.

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