Blisters are small raised areas that are filled with fluid and are mostly caused by irritation, friction or burns. Resembling bubbles on the upper layer of the skin, in some cases blisters can accompany rashes and inflammatory diseases. Therefore, it is advisable to seek medical attention, as there are number of skin infections which cause blisters and one such skin infection is scabies.
What is Scabies?
A contagious and intensely itchy skin condition, which is caused by a tiny burrowing mite called Sarcoptes Scabiei. A genius of skin parasite, the eight-legged microscopic mites reproduce on the surface of the skin and then burrows into the skin to lay eggs. Usually causing severe itchiness and pimple-like rashes, the most common area where the symptoms first appear is wrist, between fingers or around the nails.
Here are some of the early signs and symptoms indicating that you might be under the attack of Sarcoptes scabiei mites.
# Itching (mostly at night)
Itching is the most common symptom related to scabies. It is said that itching can be so intense that it can keep the infested person awake at night. According to doctors, it is believed that warmth makes it worse for the infested person.
While many people just get the scabies rash, but in many cases little itchy bumps or pus-filled blisters appear on the skin, which breaks once scratched. Resembling with hives or knots under the skin, the itchy skin becomes thick and scaly.
Thanks to excessive itching, scratching the rash can cause sores, which can also develop an infection in those sores.
# Thick crust over skin
This usually happens when the infested person is suffering from a severe type of scabies, known as crusted scabies. Also known as Norwegian scabies, it happens to elderly and people with weak immune system.
Scabies mite can infest any part of the body, but most common places where these mites prefer to burrow are wrists, arm pits, between thighs, between fingers or elbows.
# Hands and Arms
The most common place for mites to burrow in hand is between the fingers or around the nails. In arms, mites usually like elbows and wrists.
# Skin covered with clothing
The body part covered with clothes and jewelry like belt line, buttocks are some places where mites like to burrow. They also attack places which are covered with jewelry and items like bracelet, watch or ring.
Scabies is curable and its treatment usually involves getting rid of the infestation and the mites with the help of prescribed ointments, creams and lotions. Applied directly to the skin, it is mostly treated with permethrin cream – an insecticide that kills mites. Termed as the best ointment to kill the mites, it is important that treatment should be given to both the infested person and to the household members, especially to those who have prolonged skin contact with an infected person. Apart from permethrin cream, the other medicines are benzyl benzoate lotion, Crotamiton cream and lindane lotion.
Additional tips for better results
It is advisable to decontaminate the bedding, clothing and towels of the infested person by washing them in hot water or drying in a hot dryer. As scabies mite does not survive for more than 2 to 3 days away from the human skin. Make sure that anything which cannot be washed must be vacuumed thoroughly.