Even after the initial scabies treatment, you are going to experience itching for up to two weeks after the treatment. This happens due to the allergic skin reaction caused by dead remains scabies mites that take a certain time to completely eradicate from your body.
Itching after treatment is felt in areas where scabies rashes were bigger and deeper. Before discussing the time taken for complete recovery, let’s enlighten you about this contagious skin condition.
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What is scabies?
As mentioned before, scabies is a contagious skin infestation caused by an itch mite known as the Sarcoptes scabiei. If left untreated these mites, these microscopic mites can live on your skin for months. They reproduce on the surface of your skin while burrowing skin layers and laying eggs. This causes intense itching and formation of red rashes on the skin.
Although scabies is very troublesome, this infestation can be treated effectively. The treatment for scabies consists of medications that kill scabies mites as well as their eggs. As scabies is very contagious, doctors recommend the treatment for an entire group of people who are in frequent contact with a person who has scabies. For instance, your family members and close friends are at higher risk of transmitting scabies from you, if you’ve contracted the itch mites.
What are the symptoms of scabies?
The problem with scabies is that it doesn’t show up instantly. It can take up to six weeks for symptoms to appear. However, the symptoms usually develop more quickly on people who’ve had scabies before.
The recognizable symptoms of scabies include intense itching that gets worse at night and appearance of rashes. Continuous scratching of the infected area makes the skin vulnerable to other secondary infections like eczema and psoriasis.
Common sites for scabies in older children and adults include elbows, wrists, armpits, nipples, waist, buttocks, and area between the fingers. The sites for scabies in babies and toddlers include – face, head, neck, hands, and soles of the feet.
How is scabies treated?
Scabies is treated with prescribed creams, ointments, and lotions that must be applied to the entire body of an affected individual. Your doctor will instruct you to apply for the medicine at nighttime when the mites are most active. You may need to apply the cream/lotion to all of your body from the neck down. After the overnight treatment, the medicine is washed off the following morning. Make sure that you follow all the instructions of your doctor carefully for seven consecutive days.
According to the American Academy of Dermatologists (AAD), following are some common medicines prescribed to scabies patient:
- 5 percent permethrin cream
- 10 percent sulfur ointment
- 10 percent crotamiton cream
- 25 percent benzyl benzoate lotion
- 1 percent lindane lotion
- 0.5 percent malathion lotion
- Dr. Scabies – a homeopathic cream for treating scabies.
Duration of recovery
The prominent symptoms of scabies like itching and rashes will begin to drop after the effective treatment. It takes about two to three weeks to a couple of months for complete recovery.
The recovery period of scabies treatment depends on the severity of the infection. So, it’s always better to treat scabies at early stages of contracting the infection, hence, recovery period reduces significantly.
Severe Scabies Infection May Take Longer
In some cases, like Norwegian scabies or crusted scabies, you need more time for recovery. This rare form of scabies occurs commonly among people with the weak immune system and due to a large number of mites living on host’s body. But following the right treatment and precautions you can get rid of sever scabies within a month.