Scabies is a skin infestation that’s caused by an itch mite known as the Sarcoptes scabiei. These microscopic mites are able to live on your skin for months and reproduce on the surface of your skin. These mites burrow deep into your skin to lay eggs and their breeding process results in extreme itching and development of red rashes on the skin.
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Reportedly, approximately 130 million cases of scabies are in the world. It is a highly contagious skin condition and can be passed from the infested person to another person through direct skin contact. It some cases it may even be transmitted through infested clothing or bedding.
How to identify scabies
You can identify scabies in form of a rash. Here are some other indicators that you need to look for:
- The most common symptoms of scabies are intense itching at night- as the scabies mites are more active during night time.
- Even a rash formation is another indicator of scabies. The scabies rash appears like a blisters or pimples that are pinkish. These look like raised bumps with a clear top filled with fluid.
- Along with red lines, you may also look for gray lines on the skin. These lines are formed by scabies nites while burrowing deep into your skin.
- Your skin may appear to have red, scaly patches.
- Usually, scabies mites attach the entire body but are most likely to be around the skin of hands and feet.
Scabies also looks similar to rashes caused by:
- poison ivy
- other parasites, such as fleas
How Is Scabies Spread?
The scabies mites are spread from an infested person to a non-infested person through direct skin-to-skin contact. But the contact has to be prolonged. It may not spread with a normal handshake. A person who has never been infected with scabies before may take up to two months to show the signs of scabies. However, if a person has scabies before, then the symptoms more appear immediately.
The spread of scabies among individuals can when an infested person is not aware of the symptoms of scabies. This is because scabies symptoms may be misdiagnosed as pimples or mosquito bites.
Getting rid of scabies
Treatment is usually a topical medication that’s prescribed by a doctor to relieve some of the annoying symptoms of scabies. The ointment helps in reducing the irritation causing symptoms. However, itching may continue for weeks even after your treatment of scabies is done. This is because the dead bodies of scabies mites remain within the skin and they need time to eliminate from the body. If the symptoms persist, you need to go for second treatment of scabies.
- Tea tree oil can heal skin rash and even stop itching. This is effective in fighting scabies eggs deep within your skin. Apply it with a cotton swab on the affected area and leave it overnight. Rinse off the oil in the morning with warm water.
- Neem oil or plant can be used to reduce inflammation and pain. The antibacterial properties of neem are helpful in recovering from scabies.
- Aloe Vera in pure form or in gel form can be beneficial in fighting scabies. However, if you’re buying Aloe Vera gel, make sure that it doesn’t contain any additives.
- Cayenne pepper is another good home remedy to kill scabies mites. But you must test a patch of the products made with cayenne pepper to check any skin reaction.
- Clove oil contains an insecticide that’s known for killing various germs and parasites, including scabies mites.