Scabies Infections – Signs, Symptoms And Treatment

Scabies can be a very easy condition to self-diagnose as the signs are well-known and reasonably obvious when you are aware of what precisely to watch out for.   Rapid self-diagnosis really should be followed quickly by the commencement of a scabies treatment program.

The initial symptom of a scabies infestation is the start of itching skin which, at the outset, is sometimes assumed to be dry skin.  As a rule, the itch is comparatively moderate at first but slowly becomes more pronounced. Generally, the itching is worse in the evening and somewhat less acute throughout the day.  Furthermore, it is often more intense right after taking a bath, showering or swimming.  The itching is sometimes so intense that it disturbs sleeping.

Soon after the onset of  itchiness, a skin irritation or ulcer should emerge that will resemble a blister, rash, minor insect bite or perhaps a blemish.

What does Scabies Look Like? – Typical Locations

Scabies can emerge just about anywhere on the body though the location often times will depend on the age of the person. For example, with youngsters, the impacted locations often include the palms of the hands, the neck area, scalp, face and also bottoms of the feet.  With adults, the infected places more commonly include the webbing between fingers and toes, the inside of the wrists, inside of the elbows, around the waistline and belly-button, the shoulder blades, around the knees, the buttocks area and the genital area in men – as a rule, parts of the body containing folded skin or body crevasses.  Those regions of the body are warmer and more moist than the more exposed body parts and so are perfect environments for scabies mites.

It should be comforting to know that not each individual bump on your skin is an actual scabies mite. In virtually all scabies cases, there usually are only 10 to 15 actual mites even though there might be many hundreds of bumps.

Textbook explanations of scabies frequently make reference to “burrows” or “tunnels” on the skin which are caused by the scabies mite tunneling under the surface of the skin. These are typically tiny threadlike areas of raised skin, ranging from 2 millimeters to 15 millimeters long, that resemble thin grey, brown, or reddish lines in the infected regions and, since they tend to be so thin, they usually are very hard to see with the naked eye.  What’s more, scratching the skin frequently destroys the burrows so they are no longer clearly observable.

Scratching the infected area may also result in your skin splitting open which leads to the appearance of crusting as the open blisters start to scab over.

Treatment Alternatives for Scabies.

Treatment of scabies may include an array of pharmaceuticals as well as natural treatments.  Some studies have concluded that traditional scabies medications and creams  like premethrin have proven to lead to major negative complications because they are manufactured from highly potent pesticides or harmful steroids.  Because of this, many people look for alternative natural remedies to treat their scabies.


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