Scabies – Symptoms, Treatment

Scabies is a skin disease caused by an itch mite called “Sarcoptes Scabiei.”  These mites are tiny parasites that burrow under the surface of the skin, where they live and lay their eggs.  They are too small to see without a microscope.  Scabies is a common disease that is easy to cure.

The main symptoms associated with scabies include the following.

  • Small red raised bumps and ridges of the skin
  • Severe itching that is a reaction to the eggs and waste of the mites
  • Symptoms tend to be worse at night

Scabies mites burrow under the skin in these body areas.

  • Between the fingers
  • Around the wrist
  • Around the waist
  • Underneath the breasts
  • Between the buttocks and thighs
  • In the genital area
  • On the abdomen around the belly button

Scabies rarely appear on the palms of the hand, soles of the feet, scalp, face, neck or upper back of adults.

Scabies is very contagious.  Because it is generally transmitted from one person to another through close personal contact, it is classified a Sexually-Transmitted Disease (STD).  Unlike many other STDs, however, nonsexual contact can also transmit scabies.

Curing scabies is quite easy if the infected person carefully follows following treatment instructions.

  • Visit a doctor to be sure scabies is the cause of the skin problem
  • Do not scratch.  Scratching can lead to secondary skin infections and transfer the mites to other parts of the body
  • Use an appropriate mediation and follow the directions carefully.  One of the more common medications is “Kwell.”  Apply it after a hot shower, leave it on for eight to 12 hours and wash it off thoroughly.  Children two-years-old or younger, and pregnant and nursing women., should  use medicines that are less toxic and irritating
  • Tell your family and everyone with whom you have intimate contact.  Family members, lovers and friends who may have used infected items also should get treatment.  If they are not treated, the mites may pass around again.  People can be re-infected anytime
  • Wash all infected clothing, underwear, sheets, towels and furniture covers with boiling water.  Washing and drying with both machines on the highest heat level kills scabies.