Scabies is a skin infestation which is caused by a mite known as Sarcoptes Scabiei. These mites can live on the surface of the skin and reproduce. They can burrow and lay eggs on the skin hereby causing it to spread. This causes intense itching and red rash on the skin.
Scabies is highly contagious and can be passed on easily from one person to the other by close contact. This can spread quickly among a group of people. Family members, schools or any other institutions.
Symptoms Of Scabies
- Intense itching often severe at night
- Thin, irregular burrow tracks made up of tiny blisters or bumps on your skin
- Sores caused by scratching
- A pimple-like rash
Burrow tracks can appear on other arts of the body as well. These includes:
- Between fingers
- Inner elbow
Avoiding Risks of Getting Scabies
- Avoid sharing clothes or other body things with people to lower your risks of getting scabies.
- Avoid unnecessary contact with people since physical contact is one of the ways of getting scabies.
Scabies affects children as well. This happens mostly to children in daycare centers. Children play a lot and on the ground with each other. They also sleep on the floor most often or sometimes in each others beds. This aids in spreading the infestation.
Treatment of scabies.
Visit your doctor when you see signs that might indicate you have scabies. In most cases, doctors can identify scabies based on the rash on your skin, burrow tracks or description. Sometimes, they collect skin sample of affected area and do checks using the microscope. By doing this, they can give you body lotion or cream to apply on your body to help get rid of the mites. This can sometimes take up to three days depending on the medication.
Usually, when lotion or cream is applied, it is advised to leave it for hours to dry before washing it off.
Precautions to be taken
When Someone is diagnosed with Scabies, It is advisable for family or others who came in contact with him/her to get medical attention. This will help eradicate the mites completely and prevent them from getting it from each other again.
Scabies mites can live up to two to three days on the surface of clothes, bedding, or towels. To make sure these mites are killed, wash any sheets and clothing used by the affected person within the past three days. Wash the items in hot water and dry them in a hot dryer or take them to a dry-cleaner. Items that can’t be washed must be placed in a sealed plastic bag for seven days.