Yes, red bumps are symptoms of scabies. But all red bumps may not indicate that you have scabies. Sounds confusing? Well, it’s not that difficult. Red bumps accompanied by extreme itching, especially at night, indicates you are carrying scabies mites. This skin condition is caused by called Sarcoptes scabiei - parasites that live on host’s skin. When the itch mites burrow into the skin for laying eggs, your skin produces all allergic reaction that results in extreme itching. Intense itching is one of the first signs of scabies.
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It is a highly contagious skin condition that spreads from an infected person to non-affected individual through direct skin-to-skin contact. It is not possible to catch scabies with just a handshake or hanging your clothing next to someone who has it. But if you work in a close working environment like nursing homes, childcare centers, hospitals, etc., there are chances that you may catch the mites. Moreover, it is very easy to transmit scabies to your sexual partner. Sexual contact is the most common way to transmit scabies, so it is also considered sexually transmitted disease (STD). Apart from your sexual partner, co-workers and close friends are also at the risk of catching scabies from you, there are chances of prolonged personal contact.
At first, you may confuse the signs of scabies as some other skin problem like mosquito bites or acne or rashes. But extreme itching that doesn’t seem to go away is one permanent symptom of scabies. Scabies mites affect various body parts including skin folds of elbows, wrists, genitals, armpits, in-between fingers, hands, etc.
Scabies mites are invisible to naked eyes, so microscopic examination is needed for diagnosis. For that, skin scrape is required for observation under a microscope.
Another way to determine, scabies is through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing - in which genetic material of scabies mites needs to be figured out. It is done in cases where the diagnosis is difficult. Once the scabies identification, you’re recommended the prescribed medicine for one week for the initial treatment.
If obvious physical characteristics of scabies can be seen, then there is no need to perform scraping test. In this case, directly medicines are prescribed to the patient.
Professionals who treat scabies
All primary care doctors such as your family care doctors, pediatricians, and internal medicine specialists can diagnose and prescribe medicine for scabies. You can even get it treated by a dermatologist or pediatric dermatologist. In case of emergencies, an emergency medicine doctor in the emergency department can look after the patient suffering from scabies.
Scabies is a parasitic infestation that needs proper medicament, care, and attention to completely eradicate the mites. This is because scabies if left untreated can result in other secondary skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema. Therefore, you need to immediately need medical help to treat scabies, as soon as possible.
Generally, 5% permethrin (Elimite) cream is prescribed to eradicate scabies. This cream must be applied from the neck down areas of your body. Leave it overnight and wash off the next morning. The same procedure needs to be followed for up to seven days. It is an effective medicine for scabies but contains harsh insecticides that may harm your skin.
To avoid the use of harsh chemical-induced creams, you can get Dr. Scabies cream that offers natural and homeopathic treatment for scabies. It needs to be applied just like the permethrin cream all over your body. Do follow the instructions given on the leaflet that comes in the package.