Scabies is a contagious skin infection caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite. The mites burrow into the skin and lay their eggs, causing intense itching and a rash. The rate of spread of scabies can vary depending on several factors, including the individual’s immune system and the severity of the infestation.
Generally, scabies is spread through prolonged skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. This can include sexual contact, but it can also occur through non-sexual contact such as hugging, sharing clothing, or sleeping in the same bed. The mites can also survive on clothing, bedding, and other objects for a short period of time, but the risk of transmission through these objects is low.
It can take several weeks for symptoms to appear after initial exposure to the mites. During this time, an infected person can spread the mites to others without knowing they are infected. Once symptoms do appear, the infestation can spread rapidly if left untreated. Scabies can be treated with prescription medications, but it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent the spread of the infestation to others.