Scabies Experiences to Learn From

These experiences of scabies sufferers will give you an idea what to do and what to avoid in scabies.

Scabies is a highly contagious disease caused by the mites. It causes rashes and tiny borrows which are coupled with a relentless itch. 1 million cases of scabies are reported each year in the USA, making it one of the common diseases. Here we have listed the experiences of some of those 1 million people with scabies so that you get a lesson.

Catching Scabies from My Date…

I contracted scabies from a person I was dating. It’s as simple as that! This is a very common way to contract scabies, but it’s important to note that this is NOT an STI. It is commonly contracted through sexual contact simply because there’s skin-on-skin contact…..When I was told there was a possibility that this person had scabies and they had seen a doctor, I laughed it off. I didn’t know much about scabies and figured since I wasn’t itchy, I probably didn’t have it and didn’t think much about it.

A few weeks later, I slowly started to feel itchy on my hands and forearms. My arms and hands started to break out in small, red bumps that looked like irritated skin from an allergic reaction. It kept getting worse and nothing I was doing was helping. It started to affect my sleep as I would wake up constantly throughout the night itching myself. I decided to go see a doctor and tell them I might have scabies.

The bumps worsened and began to spread to my legs and my genital area. The genital area in particular was awful! It was so uncomfortable and the bumps kept getting worse. I constantly felt embarrassed, stressed out and distracted by the itchiness.

A Lesson for You…

Take the symptoms seriously, particularly when you meet the person having scabies or suspects that somebody has it. In fact, the symptoms take weeks to occur when the mites enter your skin.

I Sent My Infected Kid to School…

This is one of the greatest mistakes making me feel guilty. I shouldn’t have sent my infected kid to scabies knowing that he has scabies. After some weeks later, I got a call from the school that 5 kids are detected with scabies symptoms after coming contact with my kid. The school authority told me to keep my son insolation till the scabies are cleared.

A Lesson for You…

Don’t send your infected kids to the school. Don’t allow them to mix up with other kids either. Remember, scabies is a highly contagious disease that a healthy person can catch from an infected one. So it is better to get him treated at home.

I Wore My Infected Brother’s Clothes

While my brother was diagnosed with scabies, I accidently put on his clothes. After two weeks later, I realized bumps and itch across my body. Since the nearly same symptoms were experienced by my brother, I have fallen prey to the same disease. Luckily, I seek treatment on time which was why I didn’t suffer too much.

A Lesson for You…

Don’t use the belongings and beddings of an infected person. The mites trapped on these objects can get into your skin. So they should be disinfected first before use. For example, wash the clothes separately with hot water and disinfectant. Non washable items like toys should be sealed in plastic bag for 7-8 days. This way, the mites would die away as they can’t survive longer without human body.

My Scabies Was Confused with Eczema

“About 18 months ago I had a small patch of bumpy, itchy skin on my arm, so I went to a dermatologist and he said “Eczema” and told me to put skin lotion on it.

Well, the itch spread from one elbow to my other elbow, up and down my arms, down to my legs, etc.

I went to another dermatologist. He said “Eczema” and told me to put regular skin lotion on it. I now have a row of bottles of useless lotion.

After months of research, I finally figured out I might have scabies. I read 5% permethrin cream was the treatment.

I went to an inner city clinic and the doctor didn’t think I had scabies, but I said “Can it hurt anything for me to try the cream?” She gave in and I got a prescription for the 5% permethrin cream. Went to Wal-Mart and it was $80 for a 2 ounce tube! $80!!! I bought a tube and smeared it on, but 2 ounces wasn’t enough to really cover me all over.”

A Lesson for You…

Scabies can be easily confused with other diseases due to similar looking symptoms. The safe side is that you should get it diagnosed, no matter if it is scabies or what.

So you must have learnt enough from these experiences associated with scabies. Do you have such experiences to share with us? Don’t hesitate and drop them below in the comment box.

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