Usually, it has been observed that intense itching is associated with scabies. As soon as it starts, the first thought to hit one’s mind is that there can be some awful mites beneath the skin. But, it is not always! There is no doubt in the fact that itching is among the immediate symptoms detected, when a person is infested with scabies. But, it is often accompanied with several other symptoms. For this, it is important to understand this contagious disease in detail, its causes, symptoms and treatment. Here is a short guide to give you a clear picture.
Scabies- The ‘seven’ year itch disease!
Being one of the most communicable skin conditions, Scabies is now one of the neglected tropical diseases too. It is known as a seven year itch due to the fact that its incidence rises and falls can occur up to as seven years (depending on the condition). It is said to be caused by infestation of tiny parasitic mites called Sarcoptes scabiei.
These are almost invisible to the naked eye. When they burrow into the skin, they make small tunnels beneath, breed there and lay eggs. It is the presence of these mites, their eggs, feces, etc., which generates rashes and intense itchiness.
Scabies- The contagious skin disorder!
The scabies mites can fly or jump, but they transmit from one person to another, making it highly contagious. There are two different mode of transmission:
- Firstly, direct transmission occurs when a person comes into direct contact with a scabies patient. These mites transfer from person to person while they shake hands, sleep together or come in direct contact in any form.
- Secondly, if a person gets in contact or use the objects being used by a diseased for a long time, he/ she can be infested soon. For example, the towel, bed sheets, furniture or the clothes used by the scabies patient can have the mites or their eggs attached. And if you use them, you are likely to be infected.
Often, scabies is seen as a condition popular in poor living conditions or the areas with lack of personal hygiene. However, there are no evidences to prove this to be true. In addition, it can happen to anyone. Leaving behind the bars of age, gender, race, etc., it is common worldwide.
Scabies- The five symptoms!
As you have detected itching already, it is now important to look for the other symptoms. If you observe them, you need to visit a doctor.
- Itching: When you are infested by scabies mites, itching is the first thing you will observe. This might get severe at night. It can turn intense, keeping you awake whole night.
- Rash: The second major symptom is the scabies rash. Slowly, these rashes turn to little bumps, forming some lines or they appear like hives, tiny bites, or pimples. In other cases, it can be scaly patches, which are somehow similar to eczema.
- Sores: Itching results to scratching, this further causes sores. And the worst thing is that infection can develop in the sores, leading to greater problems.
- Crusts: Thick crusts can also occur of the skin surface, which indicates toward crusted scabies. It is also known as Norwegian scabies. Around 100s to 1,000s of mites and their eggs form crusts, causing severe rashes and itchiness.
- Burrow: It is not as common as the aforementioned symptoms. But, if a short S-shaped track is visible to you, which indicates some movement beneath skin surface, it is scabies. It usually occurs in the webs of fingers and toes.
Scabies- It can be cured!
There are several treatments for scabies including natural, homeopathic and other with various chemical composition. Permethrin and Lindane based solutions are used worldwide. Although, these solutions provide you with immediate relief from itching and rashes, yet they are not completely safe. Their usage can cause cancer. But, you need not worry. There is solution, Dr. Scabies- the most recommended and efficient, FDA registered and the safest one. It comprises of natural elements, which are safe on skin and harsh on scabies mites.
Thus, go natural and opt for the safest medication!