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Scabies - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Sarcoptes scabiei is a very tiny mite which when gets infested in the skin is known as scabies. These microscopic Sarcoptes scabiei mites can live in the body for approximately 2 months. These mites reproduce on the surface of our skin, then burrows into the skin and lay eggs for regrowth. Scabies causes pimple like, very itchy rashes on the skin. According to World Health Organization, there are approximately 300 million cases of this skin disease every year. Scabies is highly contagious and can pass from one person to another, through contact of the skin, very easily. It can also get transmitted through scabies infested bedding and clothes.

Although this skin malady is extremely irritating, but scabies infestation can be treated effectively. The treatment of this disease generally consists of medications that kills these mites and their eggs. Since this disease is so contagious, doctors generally recommend treatment for an entire group of people who are in close and frequent contact with the scabies infected patient. Apart from the stated reasons, scabies can also spread by holding hands for a prolonged period of time or from intimate contact like sexual intercourse. Doctors generally are able to diagnose scabies by simply performing a physical examination and by inspecting the affected zone in the skin. In many a cases, the doctor can even confirm the diagnosis by extricating the mite from the skin with the aid of a needle. If the mite can’t be found easily, the doctor may scrape off a small section of the patient’s skin in order to obtain a sample tissue. This sample is then examined under a microscope to find the scabies mites or their eggs.

The treatment for this irritating skin disease usually involves getting rid of the mite infestation with the help of prescription creams, ointments and lotions, those that can be applied directly on the site of the infestation. The doctor generally advises the patients to apply the medications during the night, when these mites are most active. In most of the cases you may need to treat all the skin, starting from the neck down. The medicine can then be washed off the next morning.

The symptoms of scabies generally get worse during the first week of the treatment. Nevertheless, after the primary week, the patients generally suffer from less itching and if the doctor’s instructions are followed properly, the patient should get completely cured by the fourth week. If you find that your skin hasn’t healed by 30 days, you can be very sure that the healing has not been complete. As scabies mites can live for 48 to 72 hours after they have left your body, make sure that you take proper measures that they do not re-infest again.

Make sure you wash all your clothing, beddings, towels and pillows in warm water (122°F) to kill the mites that has fallen off from your body.

Treatable by medical professional Require medical diagnosis Lab test sometimes required Spread through the air or contaminated surfaces
Symptoms
Itching is one of the main symptoms of scabies. Continuous scratching of the infected area can create sores. Rashes that look more akin to tiny blisters and pimple like bumps.

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4 Homeopathic Remedies To Treat Scabies!

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4 Homeopathic Remedies To Treat Scabies!
Scabies is an infection of the skin that is caused by an incredibly tiny mite Sarcoptes scabiei . They thrive on the surface of the epidermis and can survive up to two months. The outward symptoms include itchy, blister-like hives on the surface of the skin. It is tremendously infectious and can easily be passed from one individual to another via skin contact. Usage of bedding or clothing that is infested may easily cause the mites to infect one. Characteristic symptoms comprise of rashes and extreme itching. Areas of the body that get infected are: Face Hands Neck Soles of the feet Armpits Elbow Buttocks Waist Homeopathic treatment Arsenic album: This medication is used when the eruptions emerge on the knees. Eruptions are the numerous dry small pustules which are accompanied by a very strong burning and itching sensation. Carbo veg: This is administered when the condition has a parched appearance almost all over the body, particularly bad on the extremities. The itching sensation gets worse at night or after undressing. Hepar Sulph and Sepia: It is used when the rashes develop near the folds of the skin. The flare-ups are usually hard and ooze pus. Another situation that warrants the usage of this medicine is when the patient becomes extremely uncomfortable in cold environments. Sulphur: The use of sulphur comes as an ultimate resort to curing this problem. It is the absolute remedy for persistent, neglected, stubborn, underlying cases of scabies.
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How Homeopathy Helps Treat Scabies?

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How Homeopathy Helps Treat Scabies?
Scabies is a disorder of the skin that is caused by tiny mites known as Sarcoptes scabies. The condition takes the form of an itchy pimple-like rash on the surface of skin that is formed when the microscopic mites burrow into the skin where they lay eggs and reproduce over a span of several weeks. It is a highly contagious disease as the mites can easily pass from one person to another through shared clothing or bedding. How to treat scabies with homeopathy? Homeopathy is a wonderful science that treats diseases with natural and safe medicines. In scabies, Homeopathy is the best alternative treatment option as Homeopathic medicines are very competent in treating this kind of infection. They stimulate the disease fighting mechanism of the body to fight scabies. As the healing system of the body is strengthened, the disease is completely eradicated. Its holistic approach attacks the infection at the root and prevents recurrence of the disease. Some of the homeopathic medicines used to treat scabies are as follows: Sulphur: This is the most commonly prescribed medication for outbreaks of scabies. It treats skin that is itchy and irritated, especially if it worsens with the application of water or heat. Sulphur is a great remedy for symptoms that get aggravated during the night due to high sensitivity and if the skin is prone to pimples and eruptions. Sepia: Sepia is a popular and effective remedy for scabies in cases where the skin feels itchy but scratching provides no relief. Often, the symptoms worsen when the patient is exposed to open air, wherein this homeopathic medicine is a useful cure. Arsenic Album: This homeopathic medicine is prescribed when scabies leads to the skin becoming hypersensitive and violently itchy. Soreness, burning sensations and dryness are often accompanying symptoms and the skin may even begin to peel off in large scales. All these symptoms are treated by arsenic album. Causticum: The symptoms of scabies respond well to causticum, especially when the condition occurs in the folds of the skin, between the thighs and the fingers. The intense itching, burning and redness are treated by causticum in a very efficient manner. These are just a few of the commonly used Homeopathic remedies and are mentioned only to create awareness about the effectiveness of Homeopathic medicines for scabies.
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How do Dermatologists Diagnose & Treat Scabies?

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How do Dermatologists Diagnose & Treat Scabies?
The development of bumps and blisters on your skin surface accompanied by severe itching are the symptoms of a skin condition known as scabies. It is caused by a burrowing mite called sarcoptes scabiei. A patient experiences itching in the affected area and the urge for itching gets increased during the night. Scabies is a contagious disease and spreads rapidly among people via a physical contact. Symptoms Thin and irregular burrow tracks or blisters are common symptoms of scabies. These tracks generally appear in the folds of the skin. Commonly, scabies appears in the following areas: Between the fingers In the armpits Around the waist and along the insides of the wrist On the inner elbow, soles of the feet Around the breasts, buttocks, knees and shoulder blades In case you had scabies previously, the symptoms usually develop within a few days after exposure. For first-time occurrences, six weeks are required for the symptoms to appear. Causes The eight-legged female mite which causes scabies burrows beneath the skin, produces a tunnel and deposits egg in it. After being hatched, the mite travels to the skin surface. Here they become mature and spread to other areas. The body s allergic reaction to the mites, the eggs and their waste material causes the itching. Vigorous scratching of the scabies infected skin can break the skin, allowing a secondary bacterial infection to develop, like impetigo. A severe type of scabies known as crusted scabies can affect some people. Crusted scabies usually affects people suffering from chronic heart diseases due to which the body s immune system gets weakened. People who are very sick, hospitalised and aged people in nursing homes may develop crusted scabies. This type of scabies is scaly and crusty, covers large areas all over the body and is difficult to cure. Treatment of scabies The involves the elimination of the developments using medicines. There are several lotions and creams, which can be used on a doctor s prescription for treatment. These creams should be applied all over the body. After the application, the medication should be left for eight hours. In case of recurrence of rashes and burrows, a second treatment may be required. It is important to consult a doctor for proper treatment of scabies. Usually, treatment is recommended for all family members and close friends of an affected person, even though no symptoms of scabies appear in these people.
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Scabies - 4 Homeopathic Remedies For It!
Scabies is an infection of the skin that is caused by an incredibly tiny mite Sarcoptes scabiei . They thrive on the surface of the epidermis and can survive up to two months. The outward symptoms include itchy, blister-like hives on the surface of the skin. It is tremendously infectious and can easily be passed from one individual to another via skin contact. Usage of bedding or clothing that is infested may easily cause the mites to infect one. Characteristic symptoms comprise of rashes and extreme itching. Areas of the body that get infected are: Face Hands Neck Soles of the feet Armpits Elbow Buttocks Waist Homeopathic treatment Arsenic album: This medication is used when the eruptions emerge on the knees. Eruptions are the numerous dry small pustules which are accompanied by a very strong burning and itching sensation. Carbo veg: This is administered when the condition has a parched appearance almost all over the body, particularly bad on the extremities. The itching sensation gets worse at night or after undressing. Hepar Sulph and Sepia: It is used when the rashes develop near the folds of the skin. The flare-ups are usually hard and ooze pus. Another situation that warrants the usage of this medicine is when the patient becomes extremely uncomfortable in cold environments. Sulphur: The use of sulphur comes as an ultimate resort to curing this problem. It is the absolute remedy for persistent, neglected, stubborn, underlying cases of scabies.
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4 Best Homeopathic Medicines To Treat Scabies!
Scabies is a disorder of the skin that is caused by tiny mites known as Sarcoptes scabies. The condition takes the form of an itchy pimple-like rash on the surface of skin that is formed when the microscopic mites burrow into the skin where they lay eggs and reproduce over a span of several weeks. It is a highly contagious disease as the mites can easily pass from one person to another through shared clothing or bedding. How to treat scabies with homeopathy? Homeopathy is a wonderful science that treats diseases with natural and safe medicines. In scabies, Homeopathy is the best alternative treatment option as Homeopathic medicines are very competent in treating this kind of infection. They stimulate the disease fighting mechanism of the body to fight scabies. As the healing system of the body is strengthened, the disease is completely eradicated. Its holistic approach attacks the infection at the root and prevents recurrence of the disease. Some of the homeopathic medicines used to treat scabies are as follows: Sulphur: This is the most commonly prescribed medication for outbreaks of scabies. It treats skin that is itchy and irritated, especially if it worsens with the application of water or heat. Sulphur is a great remedy for symptoms that get aggravated during the night due to high sensitivity and if the skin is prone to pimples and eruptions. Sepia: Sepia is a popular and effective remedy for scabies in cases where the skin feels itchy but scratching provides no relief. Often, the symptoms worsen when the patient is exposed to open air, wherein this homeopathic medicine is a useful cure. Arsenic Album: This homeopathic medicine is prescribed when scabies leads to the skin becoming hypersensitive and violently itchy. Soreness, burning sensations and dryness are often accompanying symptoms and the skin may even begin to peel off in large scales. All these symptoms are treated by arsenic album. Causticum: The symptoms of scabies respond well to causticum, especially when the condition occurs in the folds of the skin, between the thighs and the fingers. The intense itching, burning and redness are treated by causticum in a very efficient manner. These are just a few of the commonly used Homeopathic remedies and are mentioned only to create awareness about the effectiveness of Homeopathic medicines for scabies. It is not advisable to resort to self-medication for any disease.
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My brother age is 12 he is suffering from scabies rashes, please suggest the easily available ointments and treatments, what all are foods to avoid. Suggestions. thanks you.

Dr. Rejeev Kambil 91% (309 ratings)
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Apply Ascabiol lotion whole body except neck and face for 24 hours Then take bath Apply again for 24 hrs Take bath after 24 hrs Apply again for 24 hrs So total 3 days

I am suffering from skin allergy last 3 years and mostly problem in when I change my cloth then started itching and red spot on my body I am taking medicines but did not benefit if I stop take medicines then started same problem. Please suggest.

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Take Homeopathic medicine for best results 1) Graphite 30.4 pills .at morning 2) Variolinum 30.4 pills at night for 15 days 3) Use calendula soap for bath 4) Avoid spicy, oily food.
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My brother suffering from skin infection called SCABIES since long. He has taken advised from nos of Dr. but still not cure. Kindly suggest best Doctor for treatment in Mumbai area.

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Take Homeopathic medicine for best results 1) Sulphur 30.4 pills. At morning 2) Garphite .30.4 pills. At night for 15 days.

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