I Treated for Scabies 3 Days ago. Since then I have new bites on me. Does this mean I still have it?

Mostly people who get treatment for scabies often feel the skin condition will never be treated. Plus, the medication did not work. This certainly means that the infested person will again make more visits to the doctor and also apply more medicated or potentially toxic ointments on the irritated skin. Moreover, the excessive money spent on the treatment and increased stress level leaves you in a condition where you’re not able to find a cure.

Yes, it’s not hard to get re-infected with scabies. Even after treatment you may feel itchy due to the immune reaction, but it is never to scabies bites. It is just a reaction to the dead skins and excrement they leave behind as they live under your skin. However, if you still feel that you’re getting new bites and bumps, it would certainly be an indication of new activity. This situation arises few questions: Did you eradicate all mites from the house as well as treating yourself?

A proper treatment for scabies may take few weeks to several months (depending on your current condition). Meanwhile, you also have to make sure that all the things around your house including bed sheets, towels and you clothes are also washed thoroughly. As these are some of the areas where the itch mites can still live, and may re-infect you soon after the treatment.

Before stressing too much about re-infection and costs, you must have a clear understanding about scabies, how it can be treated and what to expect aftermath of treatment. Here are few major points that would provide you proper information about scabies and also how it can be treated effectively.

What is scabies?

Well, it is a contagious skin condition that’s caused by an itch mite Sarcoptes scabiei. During diagnosis, the mites can be seen with a magnifying glass or microscope. The scabies mites tend to crawl but are unable to fly or jump. They are immobile at temperatures below 20-degree centigrade, although they may survive for prolonged periods at these temperatures.

Standard Treatment of Scabies

Standard treatment for scabies is applying 5-percent permethrin cream to the entire body, as indicated on the medication label. In certain cases, it is also necessary to apply the lotion on face, including just inside the nostrils and also on tops of the eyelids. This is because the mites may be found on these locations as well. But it’s important to consult your physician before application of the medicine.

The lotion is meant to be left on overnight. In the morning, the infested person has to rinse the body with warm water and also wash all clothes that have been worn by him. Plus, the infested person’s bedding, towels and other surfaces or items that have been touched for long duration can be cleaned.

Even after the treatment, you’ll feel you have scabies

Even during and after treatment the small bums may continue to emerge for weeks or even months, depending on the treatment. Even experienced dermatologists would say that these outbreaks occur in places the mites have already formed burrows prior to treatment. To relive the person from itching, anti-itching cream such as hydrocortisone or antihistamine medicines can be provided. These medicaments will calm the body’s immune reaction until the symptoms begin to reduce.

Alternative treatments for scabies

Except, permethrin cream, there are other lotions such as benzyl benzoate, sulfur in petrolatum, crotamiton, etc. that are also known to be effective in killing scabies. Ivermectin (Stromectol) can be taken orally- it is an anti-parasitic drug to kill scabies mites. Moreover, tea tree oil and neem oil are other great substitutes to relieve skin irritation.

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