Learn How to Treat Scabies Mites
and Skin Irritation

" “Learning how to treat scabies and get rid of scabies mites can be confusing,  There are natural over the counter product available as well as prescription options from your doctor that contain pesticides known to kill mites. Because the condition spreads easily, all family members are treated, even if a family member shows no symptoms."   

Causes of Scabies

Scabies is contagious and caused by a mite you can only see under a microscope. It survives up to a 30 days when living under the skin of a  human host. It lays eggs in the first skin layers, which hatch and grow into adults, which starts the cycle of burrowing, laying eggs and itching all over again. Symptoms may last for months or years, unless you thoroughly clean your infested home to halt reinfestation.

This mite, the Sarcoptes scabiei, tunnels into your skin, making itself at home. It spreads rapidly with person-to-person contact such as hugging, sleeping together, sharing bedding, sharing towels and wearing another’s clothing and it may also be spread by sexual contact.

If this is the first time you have had scabies, you may not know it until four to six weeks later, when symptoms begin to show. The secretions the mite produces while under your skin cause the relentless itching, which will drive you to find out quickly how to treat scabies.

Scabies Symptoms

You will usually see small zigzag blisters and a red rash, located in your armpits, between the webs of your fingers or toes, under your nails, around the waist, the inner elbow, the nipples, the penis, on wrists, the groin area or your buttocks. The blister is the female mite laying her eggs, as she moves under your skin.


scabies mite and rash
Scabies Mite and Skin Rash
Source: Naturasil

Scabies Diagnosis

Typically, your doctor will swab a suspicious inflamed area and take a skin scraping to look for mites, eggs and feces. There is no blood test needed to diagnose this disease. The other test you may have is when the doctor uses a black felt pen on the blisters. The skin is wiped off and the burrow should be seen when the ink sinks into it.

How to Treat Scabies

In most cases, you will need a prescription from your doctor, but there are natural remedies you may also use as described below.

How to treat scabies without a prescription:

If you prefer to treat scabies naturally and avoid the use of chemicals such as permethrin (an insecticide and possible carcinogen), then we suggest purchasing the combination of products available from Naturasil. They offer a topical that penetrates the skin with plant extracts known to kill mites (Dermisil for Scabies) as well as a cream for scabies rash, and a sulfur & lavender soap.

Antihistamines, such as, Phenergan, Zrytec, Atarax or Benadryl can help with itching as well as a natural homeopathic itch cream made for itch due to mites such as Scab-Ease.

If you see no improvement, or if itch becomes intense, call a Dr.

Prescription medications:

Your Doctor will prescribe products that contain insecticides known to kill parasites such as scabies mites.  These include;


  • 5% permethrin cream is applied after bathing. The cream is left on the skin overnight and then washed off in the morning.
  • Prescription pill with Ivermectin
  • Malathion .05% lotion
  • Antibiotics for infections
  • Benzyl benzoate

Removing Scabies from the Home

Scabies mites can live for up to 3 days off of a host, which is why it is a good idea to wash all linen and clothes in hot water that were used at least 3 days prior to treatment.  It's a good idea to also disinfect floors with a product formulated to kill scabies mites such as Benzarid.


Ask a Dermatologist
9 Doctors are Online Now.
A Question is Answered Every 12 Seconds!
Ask a Dermatologist >


References:

Naturasil

Johns Hopkins Guide to Symptoms and Remedies

 




[?] Subscribe To This Site

XML RSS
follow us in feedly
Add to My Yahoo!
Add to My MSN
Subscribe with Bloglines


Please Click +1 If You Like This Site



Ask a Doctor Online
12 Doctors are Online.
A Question is Answered Every 11 Seconds!
Ask a Doctor >


Ask a Doctor
7 Dermatologists are Online Now.
A Question is Answered Every 12 Seconds!
Ask a
Dermatologist