There are two kinds of people that land on this page.
A.) Just curious about scabies because you’ve heard about them.
B.) You are infested, or your friends/family are infested, and you’re freaking out trying to figure out how this happened.
I hope, for your sake, that you fall into category A.
If you fall into dreadful category B, then I pity you.
You are probably wondering how did I get scabies? How do you catch scabies in the first place? Where do you get scabies from? How exactly does one get scabies?
It’s a lot of questions. It’s already hard enough just having to deal with your infestation now that you have it.
But luckily, this page (and website) was made for you.
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How do you catch scabies?
The minute you found out you had the mites you were probably wondering where the hell did these things come from!?
No doubt you’ve racked your brain trying to figure out just who – or where – gave you the gift of these little demons.
- Can I get scabies from hugging someone?
- How easy is to to get/catch scabies? Did I just touch some person or surface once and get them?
Finding out how you contracted this menacing bug might prove elusive.
But it’s a good idea to do some detective work.
If you know where they came from you can better avoid getting reinfestation once you’ve cured yourself.
So where are Scabies mites most often found?
13 places you?re most likely to contract scabies
Mites will sit without a host for days waiting for a new one. They can idle for weeks as long as they were left on a surface that is hospitable for them.
You have the highest likelihood of picking up the mites in highly populated places and places that aren’t cleaned frequently.
Crowded spaces could be pretty broad, so let’s look at specific establishments.
#1) The gym
I’m pretty sure this is where I picked them up.. damn local YMCA.
In the gym, you encounter plenty of shared surfaces:
- workout machines
- locker rooms
Plenty of risk areas for mites.
Also, many people use the provided towels, which are not always cleaned thoroughly under hot enough temperatures.
- Avoid going to the gym if you pick up or ever hear of anyone else picking up the mites. You don’t want to spread them and you don’t want them to spread to you.
- Bring your own towels. bring enough towels so that you can dry off and use them to sit on if you choose to use the sauna or sit down on a bench.
Again, lots of people and lots of shared surfaces. Also, kids aren’t known for being very clean.?
- If you have children or are a student yourself be very aware of any health updates your school is putting out. When cases of scabies break out the administrations in most schools will take some preventative measures and warn their students.
- Be pretty clean yourself. Carry around sanitizer and use your own towels if you are in the gym often. There’s not much else you can do other than this.
#3) Your workplace
If your work environment has a lot of people then it is a likely target for the spread of mites.
Be mindful of a potential spreading of the mites across your office and request that your coworkers get treated if the mites show up.
#4) Communal housing
When people live together pretty much everything is shared virus wise.?
When you share the same couches, same bathrooms, same kitchen and same everything else pretty much all of your colds and anything else transmittable will spread.
Tips:?At the very first sign of infestation get everyone treated in your living space.
If you hesitate to treat everyone then there is a high chance that your time with the mites will be prolonged.?
#5) Hotels, Motels, and hostels
I read a lot of stories from families who picked up scabies while traveling. It seems to be very common, especially in hostels.?
Tip:?Read reviews of the places you stay at. Often times a Yelp review can save you from staying in a place notorious for having scabies. If a facility isn’t kept clean then it is unlikely to be approved unless it changes management.
#6) Nurseries and daycare
Again, bugs get spread very easily among children. With all of the hands-on play and sharing of clothes, a whole group can become infected before symptoms are even seen.
#7) Traveling hubs
Travel hubs like airports and train stations bring a lot of people together. They all pile into small forms of transportation. Also buses, rental cars, etc. These are another easy place to spread mites.
Bunk beds anyone?
#8) Picking up hitchhikers
I’m not profiling here. I actually really like hitchhiking. BUT, for those living an on the road lifestyle, it is often hard to get treatment so they tend to have the bugs longer.
Moving around like this they also have a higher likelihood of picking up mites in the first place.
Although they appear to be incredibly sterile environments, hospitals stays are actually a very common way to contract scabies. With overworked staff often unable to handle upkeep for each patient to have a clean visit.
For such conventionally clean establishments, hospitals can host their fair share of bugs.
#10) Retirement homes
People enter retirement homes right around the time their?ability for self-care declines. For this reason, mites can easily spread amongst the elderly in a communal living arrangement. Poor folks.
#11) thrift stores
Sifting through a thrift store clothing rack is quite obviously going to expose you to a lot of potential pathogens and bugs.?
I know I view thrift stores in a much different light after having scabies! Who knows what’s lurking on those racks.
Tip:?If you’re buying clothes from a thrift store consider bringing them home and washing them BEFORE you try them on. I know it’s an inconvenience, but so is scabies.
#12) Locker Rooms
You remember that time the whole high school wrestling team got jock itch? Well, it could have just as easily been scabies.?
#13) Homeless Shelters
Homeless people are far less likely than others to find the resources to cure themselves of scabies. So sadly, it spreads amongst them quickly.?Lots of volunteers at these shelters have picked up scabies on the job. Bad cases of crusted scabies can be found here.
If you have or have had scabies it is a really good idea to try to find out where they came from so you can stay away. Also, do everything you can to inform others so they don’t have to go through what we did.
How about you? Do you know where you picked up scabies?
Let us know in the comment section below.