Scabies is a highly contagious skin condition which is caused by tiny parasitic mites called Sarcoptes Scabiei. Being contagious, scabies can spread through direct skin contact or through use of common belongings such as bedding, clothing or even a towel. Scabies mites burrow under the skin and lay their eggs there to multiply in numbers. If the mites are left untreated, they can easily spread to other parts of the body and lead to an irreversible skin condition.
Scabies can be treated with over the counter topical creams. But it is worth noting that the medication for scabies treatment largely depends on the intensity of scabies infestation.
How is scabies diagnosed?
The best way to know the intensity of the skin condition and to be treated effectively for fast recovery, a person experiencing scabies symptoms must seek medical attention. Dermatologist would generally confirm scabies by a visual examination from head to toe. In cases where the doctor is not convinced with his/her observation they may go for ink test or scrapping test to confirm scabies.
Scabies does not resolve by itself because it’s a contagious infection what progress if left unchecked leading to rashes, boils and severe itching. Dermatologists therefore, prescribe special skin lotion, creams and even oral medication (depending on severity) to treat scabies.
Does scabies resolve without treatment?
As mentioned, scabies cannot be resolved without treatment. It may subside, but the risk of reoccurrence remains. Since scabies usually disappears with treatment alone, it is advisable to seek medical attention and undergo treatment as early as symptoms begin to appear.
It is important to treat scabies because if the scabies mites are left untreated for a long time, they can reproduce in plenty and spread to other unaffected parts of the body leading to severe skin disease including clustered scabies, which can be very dangerous.
How to treat scabies?
First important step is to visit your general physician or a dermatologist. The former will diagnose and test your skin for scabies mites and if your are carrying them, the doctor or dermatologist will put you on a anti-scabies treatment, which includes permethrin cream, crotamiton cream or malathion lotion.
Treatment of scabies should not be limited to the infested person along. Being contagious, scabies can spread to other members of the family too. When there is a scabies outbreak, it is advisable to treat the complete family at the same time. If all the people are not treated, scabies mites may remain in any member and may reappear in the near future.
If you are not convinced with allopathic medication, there are some natural remedies that you can try for treatment of scabies. These may not be intrusive but can be really effective. Tree tea oil, clove oil and white vinegar are some of the few natural things that you can apply on scabies rashes to get rid of the severe itching and ultimately the mites burrowed inside your gentle skin.