Scabies Condition

Scabies is an itchy skin condition caused by the microscopic mite Sarcoptes scabei. It is common all over the world, and can affect anyone. Scabies spreads quickly in crowded conditions where there is frequent skin-to-skin contact between people. Hospitals, child-care centers, and nursing homes are examples.

Scabies can easily infect sex partners and other household members. Sharing clothes, towels, and bedding can sometimes spread scabies. This can happen much more easily when the infested person has crusted scabies. You cannot get scabies from a pet. Pets get a different mite infection called mange.

Symptoms

Symptoms of scabies are

  • Pimple-like irritations or a rash
  • Intense itching, especially at night
  • Sores caused by scratching

Our medical practitioners diagnose scabies by looking at the skin rash and finding burrows in the skin. You should try not to scratch the rash, as it may cause sores to develop and mean the condition takes longer to clear up.

Treatment

You need to get rid of the mites. Our doctors can advise you about the most effective cream or lotion to use. If your itching is particularly bad, tell the doctor and see if there’s a separate corticosteroid cream you can use to help you resist the urge to scratch.

You will also need to be treated straight away if your partner or someone you live with gets scabies, even if you haven’t had any symptoms yourself. The condition can sometimes takes up to two months to cause any symptoms, so it’s important to follow the same treatment plan as the person showing signs of scabies.

Several lotions are available to treat scabies. The infected person’s clothes, bedding and towels should be washed in hot water and dried in a hot dryer. Treatment is also recommended for household members and sexual partners.