When it comes to scabies, it is known as an extremely itchy skin condition that is caused by parasitic mites, Sarcoptes scabiei var. Hominis. These are not able to fly or jump but can spread from one person to another through direct, prolonged skin-to-skin contact. So, the chances of transmission are higher in crowded places.
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While most articles discuss the cause, symptoms, and treatment of scabies. In this post, we’ll tell you about certain preventive measures that you must take after scabies exposure. When following the permethrin treatment, you need to apply the cream to every part of your body and keep it overnight and wash the next day. This routine has to be followed for up to seven days.
Even Eurax cream helps with itching that occurs after the complete treatment process. Scabies mites are dead after the two applications of the treatment, but you’ll still feel that the symptoms are not going away. It is just because of your body’s allergic reaction that makes you feel that are bugs are crawling under your skin. The treatments will kill the mites even if you don't yet have symptoms. However, it gets toxic to your body if you use chemical-induced treatment over and over again.
It is really hard to differentiate between the actual signs of scabies and those that appear during treatment. But it takes time for your body to eradicate the debris and dead remains of mites from your body. To be precise it may take up to two more months after scabies exposure to totally get your body back to normal. While applying creams for treatment, you also need to wash bedsheets and the clothes that you wear daily.
Prevention & Control
- Even if you are infested with scabies, the signs and symptoms are not going to appear immediately. It takes up to two months for scabies to show up their presence in your body. However, even if you’re not showing signs of scabies you can still transmit to another person. It is passed by direct skin-to-skin contact with an infested person, but the contact must be prolonged - a normal handshake won’t spread it.
- But if it’s the case of a crusted (Norwegian) scabies, then the infestation can easily be passed on by brief skin-to-skin contact or by exposure to bedding, clothing, or even furniture that affected person has used. The best way to avoid scabies id to avoid direct skin-to-skin contact with an infested person as well as their clothing and bedding.
- If one person in a family is infested, the scabies treatment is still recommended for all members of the same household - as you never know who else might have been infested with it. Therefore, all family members and others who are potentially exposed to scabies must be treated at the same time. This is done to prevent any chances of reinfestation or re-exposure.
- You need to wash bedding and clothing worn or used by all family members the next day during the treatment. Items that cannot be washed or drycleaned must be disinfected by storing them in a closed plastic bag for several days. This is because scabies mites are not able to survive more than 2 to 3 days without a host body.
- Patients with crusted scabies and their close contacts required immediate treatment to avoid aggressive outbreaks. Even if you’ve been re-infested you need immediate treatment, as these symptoms will appear more quickly the second time. Even rooms used by the infected persons must be thoroughly vacuum cleaned to get rid of scabies completely.