Scabies is a transmissible ectoparasite skin infection characterized by superficial burrows, intense itching and secondary infection. What do you know about preventing scabies?
- Avoid sharing clothing and towels with affected people.
- If your child goes to sleepover parties, provide a sleeping bag, pillow and blanket from home.
- All family and close contacts should be treated at the same time, even if asymptomatic followed by cleaning of the environment, as a person can easily be reinfected with scabies.
- Items that cannot be washed should be sealed in a plastic bag and stored for approximately one week, because scabies mites die within one to four days if not in contact with human skin.
- Overnight freezing in a plastic bag for stuffed animals, brushes, combs, shoes, coats, gloves, hats, robes, wetsuits, etc.
- Clean the environment, as a person can easily be reinfected with scabies: <br>Daily vacuuming floors, carpets, rugs, mattresses and furniture. <br>Disinfecting floor and bathroom surfaces by mopping (only needs to be done after the first treatment). <br>Daily washing of recently worn clothes, towels and bedding in hot water and drying in a hot dryer. <br>Hot drying pillows for 30 minutes.