Venereologist and senior dermatologist, Dr Kwame Afflu has advised the public to avoid sharing towels and other materials which have close contact with the skin with others.
He explained that mites could move from infested beddings and other materials to the skin of uninfected persons when such towels or beddings are used.
“If somebody has scabies and assumes some towel or beddings that is heavily laid in, remember, depending on the number of parasites on one’s skin, one can pass it on in the towel or beddings and when you come into contact with such stuff, you could get scabies”, he said. `
According to Dr Afflu, scabies is a very common skin condition in Ghana hence people should be circumspect in having close skin contact with people.
Speaking on the Good Health show, the senior dermatologist advised that towels and beddings should be washed in hot water and dried properly in order to kill miteswhich spread scabies.
Scabies is an itchy skin condition caused by a tiny burrowing mite called Sarcoptes scabiei. Intense itching occurs in the area where the mite burrows skin condition which is passed on from person to person through close contact.
Scabies is contagious and can spread quickly through close physical contact in a family, child care group, school class, nursing home or prison. Some symptoms of scabies include itching, often severe and usually worse at night and thin, irregular burrow tracks made up of tiny blisters or bumps on the skin.
The Good Health show airs every Wednesday from 2pm-3pm.
Story by: Jennifer Esi Aniwa|universnewsroom.com