Scabies is an itchy infection caused by the itch mite called as sarcoptes scabie. The mite is microscopic and cannot be seen with the naked eye. It is normally transferred from one infected person to another or passed on through infected bedding or linen.
The insect is eight legged and causes an irritating rash. The rash normally occurs in between toes, fingers, armpits, buttocks, breasts or back of the elbows. The rash is not dangerous but can be really annoying especially at night when it gets worse.
Tips To Get Rid Of Scabies
It is important to form an accurate diagnosis of scabies before any action can be taken. The doctor will check the surface of your skin for itching, rashes and presence of the mite. Once the doctor has made a conclusive diagnosis, the following steps need to be taken to get rid of the rash.
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A thorough washing with hot water and soap needs to be done. This includes you, your partner and other members of the house who may be infected with the insect. All bedding and linen needs to be washed in a strong machine cycle with hot water.
Vacuuming is crucial to get rid of the scabies mite. Make sure you vacuum your carpet, upholstery and other furniture in order to get rid of the mites.
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Pets can be the biggest carriers of mites. Make sure you wash down your pets with hot water and medically formulated pet shampoo to get rid of the mites. If you have doubts, see a vet who can give you a specific prescription for your pet.
Many medicated topical ointments should help you to get rid of the itch mite. Some ointments are not permitted for pregnant and lactating mothers so make sure you get the proper prescription from your doctor after telling him your medical history.
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While this is easier said than done, scratching can actually worsen the symptoms. Seek medical relief immediately. Continuous scratching can create small pits and burrows on your skin and this could further be infected with dirty fingers and hands. Use a cream like Benadryl to contain and curb the tendency to itch.
Early Diagnosis And Treatment
The best way to prevent and contain an attack is to diagnose it early and treat all the members of the family. This will also reduce its spread. It is very important to see the doctor and stick to the prescription dosage as given by him. If the burrows and the itching recur, see the doctor again for a repeat course of treatment.
If you have been diagnosed with scabies, make sure you isolate yourself for the period or duration of treatment as this prevents the infection from spreading and affecting other family members. While this can be difficult, it saves your family a lot of trouble.
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