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?
A physical examination with a thorough scrutiny of the skin would help in diagnosing this disease. A small scraping of skin could be examined with a microscope to confirm scabies.
HOW IS SCABIES TREATED?
Treatment for scabies includes using ointments and topical creams that contain permethrin cream and benzyl benzoate lotion. Antihistamines such as Benadryl are used here to along with dose of antibiotics that helps to prevent the further spread of the infection.
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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.