How long can scabies live?


Scabies is a skin infestation caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei. The lifespan of a scabies mite can vary depending on several factors, such as temperature, humidity, and host contact.

In general, a scabies mite can live on a human host for about two to three months. However, if the mite falls off the host onto a surface, it can survive for up to three to four days. Scabies mites cannot survive for very long without a human host, and they cannot reproduce without a host either.

It’s important to note that scabies can be transmitted through close personal contact with an infected person, as well as through shared clothing, bedding, and other personal items. If you suspect you have scabies or have been in close contact with someone who has scabies, it’s important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible to prevent the spread of the infestation.

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