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Scabies reported at the Westlake Recreation Center

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The Westlake Recreation Center sent a flyer home to residents this week saying their children may have been exposed to scabies.

What are Scabies?

Scabies are a mite that can cause a rash on humans by finding their way under human flesh while feeding on blood and laying eggs in the skin.  The rash typically looks like small pimples or acne as scabbies mites dig under the outer layer of skin and cause severe irritation. 

These mites are very difficult to see and usually cannot be spotted aside from the rash they cause due to their tiny size, roughly that of a pinhead, and their nearly see-through transparency. 

It is important to understand the symptoms of scabbies due to the fact that it is very contagious and can be transferred to other humans through contact.

What are the symptoms?

Some of the most obvious symptoms of scabies are terrible and extreme itching, that comes about as an allergic reaction from the scabies mites' waste as well as that of the mites themselves.  Itching may be even more extremely irritating at night. 

This allergic reaction to the scabies mites causes the red skin irritation associated with scabies and leaves the skin blistered looking and red.  Some of the most affected places on the body tend to be around the creases of the elbow, abdomen, waistline, wrists, armpits, or even around and in between the fingers and toes. 

Scabies rashes and itching can also show up around or on the nipples, buttocks, and groin areas including genitalia. 

Children and infants may have the rash show up in different areas, particularly the bottom of their feet, or on the scalp and face.

Anyone who thinks they have been exposed should visit and urgent care or their family physician immediately!

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