Skin irritations of any kind, especially itching, can be awful. Anyone who suffers from constant itching, especially at night, can face the worst nightmares in the world. Scabies is one such infection that causes irritable itching in an individual. Caused by a particular mite called sarcoptes scabei, scabies results in burrow-like infection in the skin, leading to relentless itching in a person.
Scabies infection and itching: Scabies can occur in any individual, irrespective of class or age or sex. The scabies mites spreads from person to person contact and a quick handshake is enough for the mites to jump from an infected individual to another. The mites spread through other ways like skin contact, sexual contact, clothing, towels and bedding. Scabies mites are minute microscopic creatures that live on human skin. They burrow deep into the skin, causing red rashes that look like pimples in the body. Since scabies can be detected only by a doctor, you need to seek medical consultation soon after the symptoms appear.
Below are a few ways to cure scabies:
1. Look for symptoms: Scabies appears in particular areas of the body and the rashes look like insect-bites or pimples. Generally infected areas are places between toes and fingers, folds of elbows, armpits, waist region, genital areas, buttocks, under breasts and anal region. The mite’s migration in your body can leave a short S-shaped telltale track. If you have scabies, you will be having worst nights. You will be itching all over at nighttime and will be completely unable to sleep because of that. The itching gets worse after a hot shower.
2. Consult your doctor. Do scabies test: Contact your doctor and undergo a scabies detection test under his supervision. Tests vary depending on your physician’s practices, but the most common type of testing is scraping of infected skin and purveying it under a microscope for scabies mites. If the scabies mites are found under the burrowed skin, your doctor would prescribe you scabies medications like Elimite.
3. Elimite dosage: Elimite is a topical cream for application on the infected area. Generally, the cream is applied at bedtime from head to toe. You can use toothpicks to apply under fingernails. The cream should not be applied on any other wounded areas.
4. Elimite treatment for environment: It is not enough if you treat your body with elimite. You need to take care of your surroundings too. Prevent your bedding, clothing, towels, pillows, furniture, hats, hair brushes and other skin-related accessories by not lending them to others. Avoid sharing of combs, cosmetics, hair brushes and bed linens. Also, avoid intimate contact with anyone. Since scabies is highly contagious, the best treatment happens to be prevention of infection to others.
5. Elimite side effects: Be cautious of elimite’s side effects. Less serious side effects include mild itching or rashes, stinging sensation and numbness or tingling after medication. Severe side effects include formation of hives, difficulty in breathing, swelling on your face, lips, tongue and throat.
6. Elimite’s do’s and don’ts: Do not use elimite if you are allergic to a particular skin therapy or if you are allergic to the ingredients of permethrin. Since the drug can be passed on through breast milk, consult your doctor if you are breastfeeding or if you are pregnant. Elimite can be applied even on a two month infant, but avoid overdosing the baby and do not administer the cream to just-borns or ones with hypersensitive skin conditions without consultation from your doctor.
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