Is Scabies Contagious?
Transmission of Scabies from Person to Person
Scabies is considered to be contagious between people.
Generally the infectious agent may be transmitted by saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route,
surfaces, blood, needles, blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to fetus, etc.
Scabies, although infectious, is not a genetic disease. It is not caused by a defective or abnormal gene.
The contagious disease, Scabies, can be transmitted:
- by sexual conduct between people.
- from person to person by saliva, air, coughing, contact, surfaces, fecal-oral route, etc.
Mostly by sexual contact, but also skin contact, clothing, bedding, towels, or furniture.
Contagiousness properties for Scabies:
Contagious by sex?:
Contagious by oral sex?:
Contagious by anal sex?:
Contagious by vaginal sex?:
Contagious even with safe sex?:
Contagious by physical contact (non-sexual)?:
Contagious from bedding?:
Contagious from clothing?:
Contagious from towels?:
Contagious from surfaces (or objects)?:
By direct, prolonged,
skin-to-skin contact with a person already infested with scabies. Contact
must be prolonged (a quick handshake or hug will usually not spread
infestation). Infestation is easily spread to sexual partners and
household members. Infestation may also occur by sharing clothing, towels,
and bedding. (Source: excerpt from Scabies: DPD)
It is highly contagious and is
spread primarily through sexual contact, although it also is
commonly transmitted by contact with skin, infested sheets,
towels, or even furniture. (Source: excerpt from Other Important STDS, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)
Discussion about Contagion of Scabies:
Did my pet spread scabies to
No. Pets become
infested with a different kind of scabies mite. If your pet is infested
with scabies, (also called mange) and they have close contact with you,
the mite can get under your skin and cause itching and skin irritation.
However, the mite dies in a couple of days and does not reproduce. The
mites may cause you to itch for several days, but you do not need to be
treated with special medication to kill the mites. Until your pet is
successfully treated, mites can continue to burrow into your skin and
cause you to have symptoms. (Source: excerpt from Scabies: DPD)
About contagion and contagiousness:
Contagion and contagiousness refers to how easily
the spread of Scabies is possible from one person to another.
Other words for contagion include "infection", "infectiousness",
"transmission" or "transmissability".
Contagiousness has nothing to do with genetics
or inheriting diseases from parents.
For an overview of contagion,
see Introduction to Contagion.
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