It can be extremely difficult to control scabies in school systems, because the condition easily spreads upon close skin contact. These institutions must take extra precautions against scabies throughout the year, since the rash can quickly infect an entire student population in a short matter of time.
Scabies is a contagious skin condition which is characterized by red skin inflammations caused by the burrowing of the insects beneath a person's skin. There are inflamed itchy bumps often on the wrists, finger webs, inner elbows as well as other body parts. Kids can also have scabies in the scalp and on face.
Scabies spreads quickly in institutions such as schools or daycare centers because children and staff are in close contact with one another. The school administration needs to take note of new and previous infestations so that a coordinated diagnosis of infested students can begin; for others, preventive measures must be set in place.
Since scabies mites are known to survive off of human skin for a few days, sharing clothing or personal items is not a good idea . For this reason, students in a school that has been infested should be advised to wash their clothes with hot waterr and spin dry them at the highest temperature to ensure that any possible scabies mites or eggs on their clothes are killed. Non-washables such as school bags, shoes and other items must be stored in an airtight plastic bag for a week. The items may be frozen at low temperatures for 12 hours.
Classrooms should be thoroughly cleaned, disinfected and vacuumed. Any carpets or upholstered furniture should be vacuumed and disinfected properly. (The vacuum bag used for cleaning the floors and the furniture should be discarded immediately after use.)
Medications which kill scabies mites are called scabicides, and are available only with a doctor's prescription.