Though, there are several treatments available to treat scabies, sometimes people even after taking the treatment feel as the medication did not work or failed. Reasons for the failure vary from person to person. This causes further visits to the doctor and excess intake of potentially toxic drugs over multiple treatments.
What is Post Scabies Syndrome?
Post scabies syndrome, also referred to as nodular scabies, is a condition that affects many people that have already undergone the treatment for scabies. The post scabies treatment is a very uncomfortable condition and people tend to worry that they’ve contracted the scabies infestation a second time.
The medications recommended for treating scabies kills the mites that tend to remain under your skin. Your body takes up to six weeks to eliminate or absorb the dead mites. At this time, you can continue to experience an allergic reaction to the dead mites. That means you can still experience intense itching.
The body, in some cases, encapsulates the dead mites in thickened skin, possibly in order to reduce the allergic reaction. As a result, your body develops tiny, hard red bumps that appear similar to the bumps caused by an active scabies infection. Because of these small, hard nodules, the condition is sometimes referred to as nodular scabies.
These symptoms are quite uncomfortable, while they aren’t contagious at this point. Scabies is only contagious when the mites are alive.
What about Re-Infection of Scabies?
Often people mistake post-scabies symptoms for a re-infection of scabies. Since the symptoms greatly resemble each other, it can be hard sometimes to tell the difference. However, when a person is re-infected, very fine red lines among the tiny red bumps appear on the skin, which are the burrows where the mites are traveling beneath the skin.
If you suspect yourself to get re-infested, see your doctor for a diagnosis. It’s important to get effective treatment for re-infestation because not only is the condition extremely uncomfortable, it’s highly communicable and can affect your near and dear ones.
What is The Recommended Post Scabies Treatment?
Treating post scabies is as important as treating re-infestation.
The prime objective of the treatment for post scabies syndrome is to relieve uncomfortable symptoms, such as intense itching. While there’s no way to lessen the duration of the post scabies allergic reaction, there are certain things you can do to make yourself more comfortable during this time.
Post scabies itching can be treated the same way itching during the active scabies infection is treated. Taking cool baths, with baking soda or colloidal oatmeal mixed with water can reduce this intense itching. A cool bath before going to bed can be very significant in reducing the intense itching at night. You can also apply an over-the-counter anti-itch cream, such as Calamine lotion, or Dr. Scabies, which is a natural cream for scabies to soothe irritated skin and relieve itching.
Using prescription medications for scabies, such as permethrin cream to treat post scabies symptoms should be avoided as these medications contain pesticides. Since the mites are already dead, you don’t need to use pesticides meant to kill the mites. Moreover, these medications can increase skin irritation and itching. In short, they won’t help and may end up making you feel worse.
Some natural treatments for scabies can also be used to treat post scabies symptoms. For instance, Dr Scabies topical cream kills scabies mites, soothes irritated skin, and reduces inflammation. It can be used to treat post scabies symptoms as well as to treat an active scabies infection.