Scabies is a skin infestation caused by a very tiny mite known as the Sarcoptes scabiei. These microscopic mites can live on your skin for up to two months. Symptoms and signs of scabies include generalized intense itching, the condition is sometimes called the ""seven year itch."" Symptoms and signs of scabies on the skin vary and may include short, linear, or nodular ""burrows"" between the fingers, tiny red bumps and blisters on the skin, or a widespread, crusted rash. Often, there are no visible skin lesions.
HOW IS SCABIES DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of scabies can be done by a dermatologist who checks the infestation and also does a skin test to determine the mites.
HOW IS SCABIES TREATED?
Treatment of Scabies aims at getting rid of the infestation by use of creams, ointments and lotions. The ideal time for application of these ointments is at night because that is the time mites are most active. In case of itching and other bothering symptoms, the doctor may prescribe antihistamines and antibiotics.
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One should also ensure that if infected, they clean their laundry and towel along with other clothing properly because eggs can be laid on these to, which are contagious.