Scabies is a type of skin rash caused by a small mite that can live in the skin for up to two months. This contagious skin condition can be transmitted through clothing and bedding. The characteristic symptom of scabies is a rash that is extremely itchy with the itching getting worse at night. Due to continuous scratching sores could form which could get infected.
HOW IS SCABIES DIAGNOSED?
doctor examines skin, looking for signs of mites, including the characteristic burrows. When your doctor locates a mite burrow, he or she may take a scraping from that area of your skin to examine under a microscope. The microscopic examination can determine the presence of mites or their eggs.
HOW IS SCABIES TREATED?
Scabies treatment involves eliminating the infestation with medications. One usually apply the medication over all your body, from your neck down, and leave the medication on for at least eight hours. A second treatment is needed if new burrows and rash appear.Medications commonly prescribed for scabies include Permethrin cream,
Lindane lotion,Crotamiton (Eurax) and Ivermectin (Stromectol).
DID YOU KNOW?
There are different species of scabies causing mite that affects animals such as cats and dogs and humans. Humans would therefore not contract full blown scabies from a mite that causes scabies in animals.