Can spiders grow under your skin?

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asked Jun 22 in Body/Skin by markigator (1,760 points)
Can spiders grow under your skin?

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answered Jun 29 by 5iabarger (3,210 points)
Spiders cannot grow under your skin.

It's a myth that spiders grow under your skin or lay eggs under your skin.

It's impossible for spiders to get into your skin other than biting your skin.

Even if you sleep with your mouth open, if a spider managed to crawl in, you would probably just cough really hard and kill them in the process.

So the good news is, spiders simply cannot survive inside you.

They are far more likely to hang out in dark and secluded areas that aren't a part of your body.

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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