Scabies is a skin condition caused by a particular itch mite called Sarcoptes scabie. These mites are microscopic in nature and they always tend to burrow into people’s skin making your skin very itchy. They are very sensitive to their surroundings. They like to situate themselves in dark areas in our skin usually in the armpits, genital areas, under the breast for women and in the waist are. Blisters and small bumps will mostly appear on these areas wherein these ticks lay most of their eggs.
Scabies is highly contagious. It can easily be transmitted by any skin-to-skin contact and by using the infected person’s belonging such as their towels and beddings. It can affect anyone regardless of a person’s age, gender, race or personal hygiene. But study shows that household members and sexual partners are more prone to scabies. It is so because whenever one person is infected, there is a great possibility that contact among your partner or your household members are prevalent.
Symptoms of scabies include an itching sensation that usually worsens at night. Most of the time, no symptoms may appear after one or two months after being infected by these mites. The itching sensation may be mild for the first week but it will slowly worsen as weeks goes by. The skin may have rashes or bumps or even pimple-like bumps. These bumps may be surrounded by blood crusts.
There is a particular instance especially to people with poor immune systems that their skin gets scaly and thick. This condition is actually called crusted scabies. In this condition, the scaly skin may or may not itch at all but actually contains million of mites. And for this reason, this kind of scabies is the most difficult to treat with and infecting other people is more probable.
During treatment, doctors would usually prescribe several lotions or creams to treat the itching and also to kill the mites themselves. There are as well cases when doctors may prescribe antibiotics if there are bacterial infections caused by excessive scratching. They may also require the whole family to take medication as early as possible because they might have been infected on the later run. Washing intensively the beddings, towels, clothing is also important to wipe out those mites. Skin contact with other persons should be therefore avoided to prevent the other party from being infested by these pesky mites.