Scabies is a relatively common skin condition
treated by urgent care physicians, and it is caused by an infestation of the human itch mite. This parasite, called
Sarcoptes scabiei var.
hominis, burrows into the upper layer of the skin to live and lay eggs. Common
symptoms of scabies that lead people to visit their doctor in Atlanta
include a pimple-like skin rash and intense itching.
This parasite typically spreads through prolonged and direct skin-to-skin
contact with an individual who has a scabies infestation. This type of
parasite affects all social classes and races and is found worldwide.
However, the mite can spread more rapidly in crowded conditions in which
skin contact occurs frequently. Prisons, nursing homes, and extended-care
facilities are examples of locations where scabies infestations commonly occur.
If it is the first time that the person has scabies, then it can take 4
to 6 weeks for symptoms to develop. However, it is still possible to spread
the parasite before any symptoms manifest. If you are diagnosed with this
skin problem after visiting your doctor or local clinic, then you may
be prescribed a scabicide to address the mites and their eggs.