Scabies is defined as a skin infestation that occurs because of very tiny mite known as the Sarcoptes scabiei. The microscopic mites thrive on your skin and can sustain there for about two months and also reproduce. The symptoms of the same include pimple like eruptions in bundles or groups around the hands, legs, head, face and also the neck area.
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?
Treatment for scabies usually involves getting rid of the infestation with prescription ointments, creams, and lotions that can be applied to the skin directly. The doctor may also prescribe additional medications to help relieve some of the bothersome symptoms associated with scabies. These include:
• antihistamines such as Benadryl or pramoxine lotion to help control the itching
• antibiotics to kill any infections that develop as a result of constantly scratching your skin
• steroid creams to relieve swelling and itching
DID YOU KNOW?
Crusted scabies, also called Norwegian scabies, tends to be crusty and scaly, and to cover large areas of the body. It's very contagious and can be hard to treat.