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Chlamydia trachomatis is the UK's most prolific sexually transitted disease
Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
Non-specific urethritis (NSU) is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases among men
Syphilis is a  sexually transmitted infection on the increase
Syphilis is a  sexually transmitted infection on the increase
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the herpes simplex viruses
Genital warts are soft wart-like growths on the genitals caused by a viral skin disease
If abnormal vaginal discharge can be due to a sexually transmitted disease
HIV means 'human immunodeficiency virus'. It can be acquired through unprotected sex
Pubic lice are parasitic insects often found in the genital area
Scabies is an infestation of the skin with the microscopic mite Sarcoptes scabei
Molluscum contagiosum is a common, mild viral infection that affects the skin causing small pearly white papules
Chancroid is a sexually transmitted infectious disease characterized by painful ulcers
Thrush is often mistaken as an STD
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Scabies

WHAT IS SCABIES?

Scabies is a skin infestation by a small mite called a saroptes scabiei.

HOW IS SCABIES TRANSMITTED?

Scabies is spread by close personal contact.


WHAT ARE THE SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF SCABIES?

  • Scabies can present itself as small reddish itchy growths on the genitalia or with itchy rashes on other areas such as inbetween the fingers, wrists and elbows.


WHAT ARE THE LONG TERM COMPLICATIONS OF SCABIES INFESTATION?

  • There are no long term complications having destroyed the scabies mite and its eggs.

HOW IS SCABIES DIAGNOSED?

Scabies is diagnosed by examination of the affected area. Your doctor may take a skin scraping so that the mite and its eggs can been seen under a microscope buried in the skin tissue.

HOW IS SCABIES TREATED?

Treatment is by anti-scabies lotion.
The sexual partners must also be treated.

CAN THE INFECTION RECUR?

  • As long as all bed sheets and underclothes are washed thoroughly and all mites and eggs are destroyed there should be no reoccurance.

  • WHAT SHOULD I DO?
  • Consult you pharamacist for a lotion to destroy the mite. Most of these involve spreading the lotion over all areas for a period of 8 hrs and then washing off. The lotion should not be applied to the scalp, face or neck unless directed by your doctor.


 

 

 

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