Scabies is caused by the mite called Sarcoptes scabiei. Scabies mites get naturally attracted to the warmth and smell of man. Female mites burrow themselves into the skin and create small, threadlike tunnels. These mites lay their eggs and leave feces within these tunnels.
Scabies generally get transmitted from one person to another by close, intimate contact with the affected person. Sleeping in the same bed or touching someone who has scabies leads to its transmission. The scabies mite does not have the potential to fly or jump and it moves in an extremely slow pace.
Scabies mites also get spread through contact with clothing, bed linens, and other household and personal items.
Scabies mite finds it easier to burrow under the skin, especially in those body parts where it is rough or wrinkled. Elbows, knuckles and knees are thus easily vulnerable to scabies mites attack. Scratching the infected area is found to make the infection spread all over the body.`
Scabies is a highly contagious skin disorder. A person with scabies has the potential to spread mites to another person even before the symptoms get manifested on his body. It might even taken several weeks after the first infestation for the symptoms to be shown on the body.
But, the person remains contagious throughout this period of incubation. However, if the person ever becomes infested with mites for a second time, it will generally take a maximum of three days for the symptoms to develop on his body.
The scabies mite that infests us does not live on dogs or any other pets. Similarly, the mites that are animal-transmitted do not find it possible to reproduce on human beings.
However, such mites have the potential to live for some period on humans. This lead to the formation of itchy hives or raised bumps on the body surface that last for a few days.