Scabies is a contagious unhealthy skin condition caused by parasitic infection, which causes symptoms such as skin rash, burrows, and bumps, and leads to excessive itching. People become more susceptible to it when there is low hygiene or poor living conditions. An arthropod called Sarcoptes scabiei causes scabies. This parasitic mite actually burrows inside the person’s skin, lay eggs that hatch into numerous other mites and infest other parts. This causes the growth of the irritating skin symptoms like red rash, bumps, and pimples all over the skin.
Now let us examine what actually causes scabies, who gets it, and what are the elementary symptoms and treatments for it.
Causes of Scabies
A mite that invades the skin when hygiene is not maintained causes this contagious, unhealthy, itchy skin condition. However, the list of persons who get it and the actual causes of the scabies symptoms (like bumps, rash, and sores) include:
• People of any age might get it. However, nodular scabies is mostly found in young children.
• It spreads through sexual contact with infected persons with symptoms like rash skin, burrows, and intense itching arising quickly.
• Family members of scabies patients can contract it rapidly via indirect transmission.
• Inhabitants of hospitals and nursing homes are more susceptible as this skin infection is rapidly transmitted in crowded areas.
• Sharing of clothes or beds with the infected person also causes scabies and symptoms like itching skin, bumps, pinkish rashes etc.
Treatments for Scabies
An infected person gets increased symptoms like rash or blisters or bumps and itching only after two weeks of the parasitic infection. This makes it difficult to diagnose in the early infectious stage. However, once the irritating symptoms such as rash, blisters, or sores appear, patients can seek treatments for the skin infestation to quickly reduce symptoms through effective treatment. Some basic treatments for scabies are detailed below.
Household Treatments to Get Rid of Scabies and its Symptoms
Maintain personal hygiene, wash towels, beddings, and clothes belonging to patients separately in hot water if anyone is suffering from skin rash or itching or any other symptoms of this contagious skin infestation. In other words, stay away from the agent that causes scabies. Use calamine lotion for the infection or any symptoms that cause irritation in skin. Keep yourself safe from various direct and indirect factors that can cause the infection.
Doctor-Prescribed Treatments via Medicines and Creams
When home remedies do not suffice, it is advisable to seek medical treatment or use medicated creams prescribed by doctors to eradicate the symptoms of scabies, including rashes and itching. These creams or lotions mainly contain benzyl benzoate, permetrin, or crotamiton for the treatment of this kind of skin infestation.
Oral treatments for scabies include the use of oral ivermectin, which aids in killing the infecting parasite and thus helps in getting rid from all the symptoms like blisters, rash, itching, etc.
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