If you’ve ever been infested with scabies, then you must be aware that it is really very difficult to get rid of this highly contagious skin condition, which can be spread to people coming in direct skin-to-skin contact with the infested person. This skin disease is caused by an infestation by itch mite Sarcoptes scabiei. The itch mites form borrows under skin that cause extreme itching which further leads to skin rashes and severe skin condition.
Signs and symptoms of scabies begin with rashes that turn into small red bumps and blisters on affected areas. Other symptoms include tiny red burrows that can be observed on close microscopic examination. The itching increases at night as itch mites are very active during night time. If not taken care of at the right time, the itching will become worse, leading to other secondary skin conditions such as psoriasis, etc.
It is highly recommended that you see a doctor as soon as the signs of scabies start showing up on your skin. Otherwise the condition will only get worse and may leave permanent scars on skin. Although a consultation from physician is essential for scabies treatment, but here is a three step guide for treatment that you should be aware about.
Permethrin (5-percent) is the important topical cream that’s prescribed for scabies treatment. It contains chemicals that can kill itch mites as well as their eggs. It is meant to be applied on the affected areas that may include folds of skin, inner wrists, and other areas. You must apply the cream usually at night, so that it can be left on the skin till morning. Night time application is recommended, as scabies mites are most active at this time. Generally, the cream is recommended for a week. The cream is considered safe for adults, pregnant women, and even children. However, the medicine is not good for nursing mothers.
This an oral medication that’s prescribed for people those who don’t respond to lotion and creams. It is also good for people with altered immune systems. But Ivermectin isn't recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing, or children. This is just an alternative medicine in case permethrin doesn’t show effective results, however chances of that are very less.
Step 2: Keep your environment clean
Killing scabies mites and eggs from skin doesn’t mean you cannot catch it again. If the scabies mites are still present in your surrounding environment, then chances are equally high that you’ll catch the infection again. This time the condition may get even worse, as you have to again undergo the complete scabies treatment in order to get rid of the mites. Therefore, everything in your house: clothes, bed sheets, and couch must be thoroughly cleaned up. Even make sure your car seats are clean and free from scabies mites. Proper hygiene and cleanliness are really essential to avoid further scabies encounter.
Step 3: Treatment of family members
If you’ve suffered from worse scabies condition, then chances are that you family members and close friends have also infested the itch mites on their skin. All it takes is a house mate or friend to share a towel with infested person, and the infection is again back in the family. So, proper treatment of each family member is essential so that you completely get rid of scabies. Make sure everything that an infected person is using is washed properly so that the mites may not spread.