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misery_in_au

Cobbitty, Australia

#1 Oct 23, 2012
Following on from some discussions on these boards I thought to start a thread on this terrible affliction as reported in the news media and online in forums etc, to support some anecdotal trends that I'm thinking of putting together. There has to be a common answer and for people to be suffering so much- from microscopic mites- in this day and age, is unthinkable. Why don't our health departments have any programs in place to treat this disease and why is it so expensive? Why isn't there a vaccine- is it because there are simply too many parasites living off humans to justify the research?

I'll kick off this thread with some discussion that I found on the wiki page for scabies:
SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Scabies

"WHAT DO THEY EAT

Makes no mention of what they "eat".--98.141.78.11 2 (talk) 16:28, 5 July 2010 (UTC)

Scabies eat human flesh. This is their way of surviving on the host (human... possibly you?) and the main cause of the 'damage' you see in pictures around the web... This damage is the result of the females mainly but also the males can create burrows, or trails/tracks, as well as deep 'holes' which turn into scabs, which are hard/crusted and contain eggs, and live mites.
When a live mite makes trails/moves through the skin(not to be confused with the final 'burrow' as these trails create very little visible damage in comparison to the burrows), in its path it drops eggs; these eggs hatch and become full adult mites within several weeks. If the 'scabs' are not picked off from each large (0.5cm up to 3-4cm) hole/lesion/sore/scab(and yes; it does hurt like a b*tch) the treatment's will/may fail, as the scabs contain mites which wont die with topical application. The extreme itchiness experienced in some people by these scabies, is the result of them eating our skin, and secreting it as a waste product; a fecal matter. It is a green hard slimy like substance, which can be seen on the outside of our skin, at times when the mites mature close to the surface of the skin. This green patch is usually triangular in shape, as the mite starts as 1 female, in her burrow. Within her burrow she lays eggs, and these begin moving once hatched and able to walk. Once these mites begin to move about, they usually head out in 1 direction, contributing to the triangular like markings in green fecal matter left behind, or in scab holes from the waste being left 'under the skin/not visible on the outside'. These marks may alternatively appear to look like splatter marks as if you took a bucket of paint and dumped into one spot; same idea with these mites because the female starts in one spot, which her offspring take-off from in 1 direction usually. The burrows can be visible as deep holes known as lesions or they can be totally non-visible at times, making diagnosis difficult.
Humans being the main hosts for scabies mites means that this mite is a flesh eating disease in a sense, as left untreated this infection can take over your entire body; I speak from experience here.
There is some controversy regarding the 'what do they eat' topic, as I have seen recently that scabies can and will infect 'drywall', found in homes; known as walls. This makes things more confusing, as the mites are known to be a human parasite transmitting from human to human via close contact and fomites(contaminated clothing/towels/beds/sofa's/et c), using only humans because they need something we have in our skin and only in human skin, animals apparently don't have what the mite requires to sustain life. 96.48.241.129 (talk) 12:26, 16 January 2011 (UTC)"
misery_in_au

Cobbitty, Australia

#2 Oct 23, 2012
(Please note I'm going to do some further online research into scables eating into drywall cavities as it seems pretty 'out there' but if true could explain their termite-like persistence in even the cleanest environs).
misery_in_au

Sydney, Australia

#3 Oct 23, 2012
(The previous claim about scabies eating wall seemed to have little merit. I dare say that dead scabies have been found in wall cavities however).

On another related subject have found info that scabies are now rampant in the USA and in central/north Australia (lucky we're in the south... I guess). This following story has some info about scabies in the USA and an interesting estimation of the infestation rates of bedbugs in hotels-'bedbugs' are often a colloquialism for scabies: "In the United States, bed bugs frequently infest hotels and homes and, once established, can spread rapidly and be difficult to eliminate," said Dr. Yan. "For example, New York City reports hundreds of complaints of bedbug infestations every year, and these numbers have been steadily increasing. In addition, in two separate surveys of hotels done by extermination companies, reports have emerged indicating that 14 percent of hotel rooms and up to 25 percent of hotels show evidence of bedbug infestation."

from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/1813...
misery_in_au

Sydney, Australia

#4 Oct 23, 2012
prevalence of scabies in certain countries

from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/1813...

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