A version of this page has existed on ausgang since the beginning. Recently I had an email correspondence that went like this...

Yang, Davis, M.D. wrote:

Hi, the picture you have on travel/scab that says scabie is actually a lice (a louse)

melinda wrote:

o no! Thats hilarious as I found that picture on a medical website. I'll have to go look again. Its been up for along time - no one else has ever noticed. You win the prize.

Yang, Davis, M.D. wrote:

I was preparing a lecture on scabies and lice, (that is how I came across your web site), so I happen to have a picture of Sarcopetes Scabiei, I think you will agree this matches more the first description of scabies from the 17th century as "a tortoise with 4 hairy legs up front."

So it seems that I have been spreading misinformation for years. ok. so this is a scabie not that other one down there.


(begin old page)
The weirdest thing that happened to me in Berlin (that I feel like saying publicly) was getting scabies. (Although probably I had gotten them somewhere else and smuggled them across several international borders.)

- Melinda


This is a scabie.
(No that is a lie!!!)

This is the stuff they give you in Berlin to get rid of them.

Scabies is a contagious (catching) disorder of the skin caused by very small, wingless insects or mites. The female insect burrows into the skin where she lays one to three eggs daily. A very small, hard to see, zig-zag blister marks the trail of the insect as she lays her eggs. Other more obvious symptoms are an intense itching (especially at night) and a red rash that can occur at the area that has been scratched. The most common locations for scabies are on the sides of fingers, between the fingers, on the back of the hands, on the wrists, heels, elbows, armpits, inner thighs and around the waist (belt line). If untreated, the female will continue to lay eggs for about five weeks. The eggs hatch and the new mites begin the cycle again. The mites themselves are too small to be seen without magnification.

Scabies is spread by personal contact or by close contact with infected articles such as clothing, bedding or towels. It is usually found where people are crowded together or have frequent contact, and is most common among school children, families, roommates, and sexual partners. Scabies can be spread by the insect itself or by the egg. Prompt action is required to rid a person of the insects and eggs.