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 Post subject: scabies - la gale.
PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:46 am 
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Has anyone come across cases of this? There's supposed to be something of an epidemic, and the Gers is the worst affected :-?
Hope it isn't passed on by shaking hands. I think it's caused by a mite.


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 Post subject: Re: scabies - la gale.
PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 4:12 pm 
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Yes - caused by close contact on a submarine years ago in the UK. OH brought it home with him - the whole crew suffered ..... and eventually their wives :o
It's caused by, I believe, the Sarcoptic Mange mite and is highly contagious. But it's also easily shifted - application of cream, washing of all bedding, clothing and any fabrics that have come in contact with the skin.

The symptoms do seem to vary : I felt little pin pricks on my legs but had no rash of any kind, just itching. The treatment seems to be an insecticidal cream - similar to what is sprayed on plants !!

Good explanation here :

http://www.patient.co.uk/health/scabies-leaflet


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