Scabies is caused by the mite called sarcoptes scabie. These bloodsuckers are around 1/50th of an inch in length and they thrive in the outer layer of the skin. The female excavates a burrow in which she lays two to three eggs daily. The eggs hatch a few days later and baby mites make their way to the skin surface, continuing the re-infestation process. If you think you have this on your body, then try to learn how to treat scabies:
Tip #1: Familiarize yourself on how it can be acquired.
The mite is acquired through body contact with infected individuals or with contaminated clothing, towels, or bed linens. The burrowing of the mites leaves little raid gray streaks on the skin that end in a blister when the mite can be seen as a tiny dot. Favored parts of the body are the wrists, elbows, webs between the fingers, the navel, lower abdomen, genitals and the cleft between the buttocks. In about a week, intense itching begins, especially when the body is warm and at night.
Tip #2: Ask about how the it is diagnosed.
The skin has by now developed hypersensitivity to the mites. Scratching, especially during sleep, causes the rash to spread. Scratching scabies causes lesions that can become the site for such bacterial infection like impetigo. Correct diagnosis of scabies is made by inspecting the skin for the characteristic tunnels. The doctor usually removes the mite for microscopic verification.
Tip #3: Use permethrin cream.
This is usually prescribed by doctors as soon as scabies is established. It is considered effective for the treatment of scabies because with only a single application of the cream, scabies are totally eliminated but you should not abruptly stop medication for complete healing. You can massage the cream starting from your scalp down to the soles of your feet and let it stay for about 8-14 hours before washing it off properly.
Tip #4: Change in body regimen is required.
Treatment of scabies also involves a hot bath, thorough scrubbing, and the application of a specially-formulated topical lotion or cream intended for the condition to the entire body, from scalp down. The medication may be left there for the whole day. This process is repeated until all the symptoms disappear.
Tip #5: Pay particular attention to your bed linens.
You can place bed linens that do not require washing in a huge garbage bag and fasten it strongly. Do not unfasten it for two weeks so that the scabies will pass away because they have no host.
Tip #6: You can also use insecticide lotion.
You can obtain it over-the-counter or through prescription. Wrap your whole body with the lotion, starting from the neck down to your toes and let it stay for a few hours prior to taking a bath.
Tip #7: Take antihistamines
Itchiness due to scabies can be treated by taking antihistamine medicines. Make sure though to follow the instructions religiously, that is to learn when to use it. Add to that, make sure you know the right amount of dosage.
Tip #8: Protect yourself from people who have one.
Re-infestation and the infection of others can be prevented only through thorough laundering of bed linens, clothing and towels. Medications should be used by those members of the family who may have caught either of the parasitic diseases but have not yet experienced active symptoms. Body contact of any kind should be strictly avoided until all signs of the parasites disappear.
Now that you have seen that there are treatment options for scabies, you need not be scared. With a few prescriptions from your doctor, some products that can be bought over-the-counter and cleanliness, you can treat scabies in no time.