Scabies is an extremely itchy skin condition that occurs due to itch mites. These itch mites keep making burrows under upper layer of the skin to reproduce and lay eggs. To stop growing parasites and their life cycle, it is important to treat scabies - as it won’t go away without treatment.
If left untreated for longer time duration, the infectious parasite will keep growing in large numbers and can spread infection to unaffected body areas. This can develop more severe skin diseases like crusted scabies or psoriasis. But in order to treat scabies, first of all you need to know about scabies in detail.
Scabies is a highly contagious skin disease that causes by tiny itch mites called Sarcoptes scabiei. These tiny mites form several burrows along upper layer of your skin for laying eggs and reproducing. Due to this your skin will get irritated and cause extreme itching, leading to small blisters surrounded by red patches. The red patches and rashes appear as a result of itching and scratching. The mites are most active during night, so the infested person will feel intense itching at that time.
This skin condition is highly contagious and spreads easily from one infested person to another with direct skin-to-skin contact. It can also spread by sharing towel, clothing or bedding of the infested person. If scabies is diagnoses in one person, then it’s likely to spread to the entire family. Therefore, the treatment of your whole family becomes necessary.
Why is it important to treat scabies?
Treatment of scabies is really important because extreme scratching on the affected area can lead to other serious skin infections. It can even leave permanent scars on your skin. Moreover, untreated skin infections can even cause kidney and blood infections in long run. Therefore, it is really important to treat scabies as soon as it’s diagnosed.
As mentioned before, it is very itchy skin condition and becomes worse at bedtime. This is because itch mites are most active at night time and try to dig more burrows for laying eggs. Due to increasing number of burrows itching intensity increases and that can cause rashes and blisters on your skin. The very first symptom of scabies is small blisters surrounded by red patches. The rashes mostly appear on folded skin parts such as in between fingers, inside elbows, inner part of wrists, around waist, on genital areas, and on the bottom. Nevertheless, one cannot recognize scabies in the beginning, because it just seems like small rash. Only under microscopic observation this skin mite can be detected.
The most common medicine prescribed for scabies is 5-percent permethrin cream that need to be applied on the affected skin areas before bedtime. In the morning wash the affected body parts with warm water. In case any lotion or cream doesn’t work, then oral ivermectin medicine is prescribed to the infested person. If you’re worried about any side effected of the scabies medicines, then you may go for Dr. Scabies homeopathetic treatment.
All clothes that come in direct contact with the infested person must be washed in hot water and kept in plastic bags to stop the mites from spreading. This is because scabies mites cannot live outside host body for more than 72 hours. If it is not possible to wash all the clothes daily, then you can dry clean them or simply hang them in the sun. Eventually mites will die without any adequate amount of blood supply from host body.