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Scabies

 

Scabies are tiny mites that live on the skin and feed off the dead skin cells. When the female starts breeding, she will tunnel into the skin and then deposit eggs and faeces into it you will then experience itchy, red lacerations. Scabies is quite common in nursing homes and childcare centers as they provide a perfect breeding ground for the mites, as they need humans to survive. Once the female begins breeding symptoms will include:

An intensely itchy rash which is found between the finger or around the wrists, elbows, nipples, lower abdomen, navel and genitals
Scabs, which usually form over scratched areas.

Causes

 

Scabies mites transfer themselves to other people through close contact and they are extremely difficult to get rid of once they infest you. Symptoms usually appear approximately two weeks after they have infested you and it is your body’s reaction to these mites. You should consult your doctor immediately so that he can give you an accurate diagnosis.

Prevention

 

Avoiding contact with the mite is the best prevention, if you do happen to contract scabies make sure you follow the basic steps so as to avoid reinfection and the infection of others. These basic steps include:

Applying an over the counter lotion from the neck down and then leaving it on for at least 8 hours.
Washing all your clothes, linens and towels in hot water
Store stuffed animals and other hard to wash items in sealed bags for at least a week.

When to seek further professional advice

As soon as you suspect that you have scabies or if the lesion are oozing or are showing other signs of infection.

Alternative/Natural Treatments

 

There are certain herbs which are quite useful for easing the redness and itching. Tea tree oil diluted in calendula carrier oil applied to the entire body will often rid you of this condition. Rubbing lavender oil into the sores also helps ease the itching.

Traditional Treatments

Scabies is usually treated simply by applying the lotion which your doctor recommended you use. You should also notify anyone who has been in contact with you and they should be treated at the same time. It is important that your whole household is treated as mites can live on any surface for about 3 days and it is therefore very important that all areas and surfaces are vacuumed and cleaned thoroughly.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment.

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 0000-00-00