Scabies is an intensely itchy dermatosis caused by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei. A patient with ordinary scabies may have an average of 12 mites; however, those with crusted scabies may have thousands of mites living within the skin. The infestation occurs at all ages, but particularly in children. It is a common public health problem in poor communities and is widespread in many underdeveloped countries.
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There are several treatments available to treat scabies. But sometimes people even after taking the proper treatment may feel that the medication did not work or failed. Reasons for the failure vary from person to person. This means you need to visit the doctor again, and if needed you need to intake more drugs over multiple treatments.
Post scabies syndrome
Post scabies syndrome is also known as nodular scabies. This condition affects many people who have already undergone the scabies treatment. The post scabies treatment is an equally uncomfortable as scabies and in this condition, people start worrying that they may have contracted the scabies infestation a second time.
This usually happens as the medications recommended for treating scabies still remain under your skin even after killing the mites. It takes around five to six weeks to eliminate or absorb the dead mites and due to certain changes in the body, you may feel the itching sensation. But this is just an allergic reaction to the dead mites.
In certain cases, the body may encapsulate the dead mites in the thickened skin to reduce the allergic reaction. When this is happening, your body develops tiny, hard red bumps that look like the bumps caused by an active scabies infection. The presence of small hard nodules on the skin may appear as you’ve re-occurred scabies. These symptoms are quite uncomfortable, while they aren’t contagious at this point. Scabies is contagious only when the mites are alive.
Post-scabies condition or re-infection
Generally, people mistake post-scabies symptoms for a re-infection of scabies - maybe because they already know that there are chances to catch scabies again even after the treatment. Plus, the recovery symptoms also resemble scabies, so can be hard sometimes to tell the difference. However, if a person is re-infected, very fine red lines among the tiny red bumps appear on the skin. This red line on the skin indicates the burrows where the mites are traveling beneath the skin.
As soon as you suspect yourself to get re-infested, see your doctor for a diagnosis. It’s important to get effective treatment for re-infestation because not only is the condition extremely uncomfortable, but even your near ones are at the risk of infesting scabies.
Post scabies treatment
Treating post scabies is as important as treating re-infestation. During this time also you’ll feel intense itching. There is no particular way to lessen the duration of the post scabies allergic reaction, but you can follow the given ways to reduce itching.
- You may take cool baths, with baking soda or colloidal oatmeal mixed with water to reduce intense itching. A cool bath before going to bed can soothe your skin and significantly reducing the intense itching at night.
- You can also apply an over-the-counter anti-itch cream, such as Dr Scabies, which is a natural cream for scabies to soothe irritated skin and relieve itching.
- Prescribed medication such as permethrin cream should be avoided this medication cream contains pesticides. Since the mites are already dead, so you don’t need to use pesticides meant to kill the mites. Moreover, these medications can increase skin irritation and itching.