What bug lays eggs in human skin?

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asked Jun 21 in Body/Skin by markigator (1,760 points)
What bug lays eggs in human skin?

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answered Jun 28 by dragon87 (1,670 points)
The bug that lays eggs in human skin is the human itch mite.

Sarcoptes scabiei or the itch mite is a parasitic mite that burrows into skin and causes scabies.

The mite is found in all parts of the world.

Humans are not the only mammals that can become infected.

The human itch mite (Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis) is a microscopic bug that is one of the few to actually burrow and live beneath human skin.

Adult female itch mites burrow under the top layer of skin, where they can continue to live and lay eggs for weeks undetected.

Signs and symptoms of scabies include:

    Itching, mainly at night: Itching is the most common symptom.
    Rash: Many people get the scabies rash.
    Sores: Scratching the itchy rash can cause sores.
    Thick crusts on the skin: Crusts form when a person develops a severe type of scabies called crusted scabies.

Human itch mites can only be cured with prescription medications that kill the mites.

Treatment for the itch mite bites is a cream or lotion that is applied to the entire body from the neck down in most cases.

It is left on for 8 to 14 hours and then washed off.

In some cases, a doctor may prescribe pills to treat scabies.

Species of human itch mites including the straw itch mite (P. tritici) infest stored products.

Humans are bitten when they contact straw, hay, grasses, leaves, seeds or similar materials harboring the mites.

Hominis, the human itch mite, is in the arthropod class Arachnida, subclass Acari, family Sarcoptidae.

The mites burrow into the upper layer of the skin but never below the stratum corneum.

The burrows appear as tiny raised serpentine lines that are grayish or skin-colored and can be a centimeter or more in length.

Many people suffer from the feeling that insects, mites, or other tiny creatures known as arthropods are biting them, crawling on them, or burrowing in their skin.

Frequently, the causes of these feelings are unknown and no tiny creature can be captured for analysis.

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