Other infections: scabies

There are other (vaginal) infections that cannot simply be classified as an STD, because they are not solely transmitted through sexual contact.  Complaints may also develop due to an imbalance in the natural vaginal flora. 

Other infections are caused by parasites that may be transmitted through close physical contact with an infected person or object



What is scabies?

Scabies is a contagious skin condition caused by the scabies mite. The adult female digs superficial burrows in the skin in which she lays her eggs.  The burrows are mainly visible on the wrists and in between fingers.

How is it transmitted?

An infection can occur through prolonged and regular intensive skin contact with an infected person, but also through sharing bed, towels and clothes.


The first time someone gets infected, it can take two to six weeks before complaints develop. Consecutive infections will cause complaints much quicker. 

The main complaints are:

  • Itching as a consequence of an allergic reaction to the mite, the eggs and the faeces of the mite.
  • The scabies mite has a preference for certain parts of the body (fingers, wrists, nipples, belly button, genitals and feet).  Itching however occurs over the entire body and often gets worse at night.
  • On the skin, blisters, red lumps and scaling can be seen.  The burrows are mainly visible on the wrist and in between fingers. 

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