Are you suffering from extreme itching that doesn’t seem to go away? Have you also noticed the presence of rashes or blisters on the same affected skin areas? If the answer is yes, then there are high chances that you have caught the contagious skin infection, Scabies.
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What is Scabies?
Some of you may be aware that a severely itchy skin condition is caused by a parasite. Well, that parasite is called Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis that burrows deep into the layers of the skin to lay eggs. These mites can spread from person to person through direct, prolong skin-to-skin contact. The transmission of this infection during sex is very common. But can also be transmitted by non-sexual contact with an infected person or items that were in contact with the infected person. So, you need to be very careful with your surroundings if you’ve already heard about the case of scabies in your school, office, or any other work area or home.
Commonly spread in overcrowded places
Scabies is highly contagious, so it’s most likely to spread in overcrowded places where compel share common spaces or come in close contact with each other. The places where cases of spreading scabies are more common include, schools, nursing homes, kindergartens, hospitals, etc. Scabies can live without host body for up to 72 hours, so there are chances that you may contract it through some shared items like towels, toilet sheets, and other items that were used by an infested person. Therefore, you need to prevent going to places where you’ve already heard about a case of scabies.
At homes, it can be spread through a bed linen, towel or clothing of a patient. Therefore, it’s always recommended that even if one family member is infested with scabies, the treatment should be given to the entire family at once even if other may not have shown signs of this skin condition. Besides that, you need to ensure that all personal items of an infested person must be washed properly in hot water. The item that cannot be washed must be kept in a plastic bag for up to 4-5 days - because scabies mites cannot survive more than that without a host body.
Symptoms don’t show up instantly
One of the biggest problems with scabies is that it is very hard to diagnose and the symptoms of scabies don’t show up immediately. This skin condition has an incubation period of around 1-2 weeks. But most signs and symptoms of scabies appear within or after this period. It means if you’ve infested with scabies today, you’ll probably find out about it after a week or so. The very first signs of scabies are extreme itching, skin inflammation, redness and rash on the skin.
See a doctor
As soon as you find out that you have scabies or these signs are occurring, immediately see a doctor. These mites are not visible with naked eye, and can only be seen under a microscope. The doctor may scrape off some of your skin to examine these monstrous mites under a microscopic lens. On-time diagnoses can help you prevent it spreading all over the body.
Dr. Scabies is a good homeopathic treatment for scabies. It contains sulfur and essential oils to treat the infestation and has no side effects on the body - like the chemical-induced creams/ointments. You must go for this cream if you’re worried about the usage and side effects of certain other medicaments containing insecticides.