Being a skin disease, scabies is very easy to identify. Once these mites have burrowed themselves beneath the skin, they start laying eggs that forms rushes in the infected areas. However, it might take some time before you notice these symptoms.
Among the major signs that can tell you that some one has scabies include;
- Itching which starts one to four days after the infection. The body may take time before it starts responding to the mite infection. However, after sometime the rushes that develop become itchy. An infected person may even be unable to sleep and might spend the entire night awake due to the itching.
- Sores: An infected person may be unable to avoid scratching their body due to this itching. The result of this is development of sores on the infected parts of the skin. These sores can act as entry point for disease causing micro organisms. This may cause secondary infections.
- Rash: Scabies rash are very common on the skins of the infected persons. The rash may result to some bumps on the skin which forms in a line. The bumps are identifiable by the hives look. They also look like tiny bites or knots beneath the skin in some people. There are cases where these rashes look like ordinary pimples only to develop later. In some people, rashes may look scary with patches similar to those of people with eczema infections.
- Thick crusts: These forms when scabies is at its severe stages of development. The most common type of scabies that result to these symptoms is referred to as crusted scabies. It is also called Norwegian scabies by some people. The crusts are houses where mites have laid their eggs. They can have hundreds and thousands of eggs. These later develop into mites making the infection more severe. Someone with this level of infection experiences more itching and sores.
- People with severe infections are always scratching their skin. This is because itching is always continuous. Parts of the body that are itchier include the elbows, wrists, hands between the fingers, and part of the skin that is covered by jewelry.
Although at first you my not be able to identify scabies, its symptoms become clear once it has spread to major parts of the body that it targets.