Where do Scabies live?


A worldwide problem

Scabies are not limited to any one region of our planet.  They affect people of all cultures, ethnic backgrounds, and social classes.  An estimated 300 million people worldwide suffer from Scabies.

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A limited environment

Scabies can only survive for any length of time on human skin.  This is the environment where they burrow, mate, and multiply.  It is very important to remember this fact.  This limitation of the Scabies mite is one of your best friends in overcoming an infestation of Scabies.  It has big implications for your own living environment while you or someone close to you has Scabies.

The most common areas of the body where Scabies live

Knowing where Scabies most commonly infest the human body can aid in diagnosis and treatment.  Scabies are commonly found on the webbed areas of the fingers and toes, and in other folds of the skin, such as the creases of the elbows.  They also commonly infest the wrists, waist, buttocks, feet, breast, penis, and scrotum.  While infants may be infested on the scalp, face, palms, and soles of the feet, adults are usually spared infestation in these areas, and especially in the scalp, face, and upper back.


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