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Itching? Scratching? Especially at night?

Itching? Scratching? Especially at night? Centra Care locations are reporting major increases in cases of Scabies in both adults and kids. Scabies patient numbers have doubled from last week at several locations, and jumped by 200 percent or more at the Waterford Lakes and Mt. Dora Centra Care urgent care centers.

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Caused by a living mite, Scabies is a very easily spread skin disease. The microscopic Scabies mite burrows into the upper layer of the skin of adults and children. As if that’s not enough, it then lays eggs. Scabies is usually spread by direct, prolonged, skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. Daycare centers, schools and nursing homes can be prone to outbreaks.

Symptoms include:

  • Itching, especially at night
  • Rashes
  • Sores from scratching
  • Thin, pencil-like lines on the skin

And the most commonly affected areas are:

  • Between the fingers
  • Wrist
  • Elbow
  • Armpit
  • Genitals

The head, face, neck, palms and soles are often affected in infants and young children, but not usually in adults and older kids.

Scabies infections are usually treated with prescription medicated cream applied all over the body. Itching may continue for up to 2 weeks after treatment begins. The whole family or sexual partners should also be treated, whether or not they have symptoms. And wash underwear, towels and sleepwear in hot water. Vacuum carpets and upholstered furniture.

Visit your doctor or any Centra Care location right away if you have symptoms of Scabies OR someone you have in been in close contact with has Scabies.