Scabies is quite distressing. Why? If you have the slightest idea what exactly it is, you won’t ask this question. Dealing with scabies can be very unpleasant. And if you don’t know, just read on.
What is scabies?
Scabies a highly contagious skin disease caused by noxious mites called Sarcoptes scabiei. These mites lives on your skin and reproduce. They also burrow underneath your skin, giving you rashes that itch like hell. However, when underneath your skin, these mites dig tunnels and deposit their eggs into them. Due to this, the disease continue to spread all over your body if left untreated.
It can spread rapidly under crowded conditions where close body and skin contact is frequent. Institutions such as nursing homes, extended-care facilities, and prisons are often sites of scabies outbreaks. Child care facilities also are a common infestation sites.
Symptoms Of Scabies
- Intense itching often severe usually at night
- Thin, irregular burrow tracks made up of tiny blisters or bumps on your skin
- Sores caused by scratching
- A pimple-like skin rash
Locations of burrows or tracks on the body
The burrows or tracks typically appear in folds of skin. However any part of the body can also be involved. In adults and older children it is mostly found on the following areas:
- Between fingers
- Inner elbow
- Shoulder blades
Treatment of scabies.
Visit your doctor when you see signs that might indicate you have scabies. In most cases, doctors can identify it 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.
The mites can live up to two to three days on the surface of clothes, bedding, or towels. However, to ensure 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 under extreme heat. Items that can’t be washed must be placed in a sealed plastic bag for seven days. Leave the plastic bag in a place such as in your garage, for a couple of weeks.