Summary: Scabies is caused by tiny parasitic mites called Sarcoptes scabiei. It is basically a skin disease caused by the infestation of these minuscule itch mites under the skin. The mites burrow deep under the skin and cause red bumps on the skin that itch severely and develop into rashes. What makes scabies really dangerous is that it spreads on direct skin-to-skin contact and can also travel between people by using common beddings, clothing, towels etc.
Scabies mites are really small, so small that they cannot be seen by naked eyes. You can feel as if something is crawling on the skin, but mites are so small that you won’t see them crawling on your skin. This is why it is really important to see for symptoms when you are feeling creepy crawling on the skin.
You may not be able to sight the mites, but their burrows are visible curvy gray lines on the skin that resemble rashes or pimple like bumps on the skin.
When you are feeling that you have scabies – because of two typical symptoms – itching and rashes, you must seek medical attention. Doctor will begin by looking for symptoms of scabies under the armpits, in the elbow and knee folds, around the waist and between the fingers and toes.
Not always scabies
You may be feeling itching and crawling sensation on the skin, but you don’t have to panic. Not every severe itching or crawling sensation on the skin is scabies.
Yes, scabies does cause crawling and tickling sensation but it is not easy to identify if it fits the picture outlined to confirm scabies.
There are many people who have been misdiagnosed even when they had scabies. This is so because doctors and even you yourself may fail to detect bites that may be appearing on the skin by an invisible culprit.
So how do you confirm you have scabies well in time?
When you begin to doubt – and you should be able to do it early – that you may be infested with scabies mites, you must begin to detect symptoms. If you have crawling sensation on the skin, and red rashes with small bumps begin to show up and itch intensely (especially at nights), you should be ready to seek medical attention and confirm for scabies.
Early detection of scabies means you can distance yourself from the family to avoid it from spreading to others and can treat it with a simple Permethrin treatment.
It is believed that almost 300 million people worldwide have scabies at some point of their lives – the intensity of the skin disease may differ from person to person. It is simply because of information and ignorance to symptom that most people infested with the skin infection are unable to diagnose their problem as scabies.
When you see a doctor, it is important to educate them with all the possible things happening to your skin. After understanding your history and examining you physically for symptoms the doctor will easily be able to diagnose you correctly.