WHAT IS SCABIES?
Scabies is a skin infestation by a small mite called a saroptes scabiei.
HOW IS SCABIES TRANSMITTED?
Scabies is spread by close personal contact.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF SCABIES?
- Scabies can present itself as small reddish itchy growths on the genitalia or with itchy rashes on other areas such as inbetween the fingers, wrists and elbows.
WHAT ARE THE LONG TERM COMPLICATIONS OF SCABIES INFESTATION?
- There are no long term complications having destroyed the scabies mite and its eggs.
HOW IS SCABIES DIAGNOSED?
Scabies is diagnosed by examination of the affected area. Your doctor may take a skin scraping so that the mite and its eggs can been seen under a microscope buried in the skin tissue.
HOW IS SCABIES TREATED?
Treatment is by anti-scabies lotion.
The sexual partners must also be treated.
CAN THE INFECTION RECUR?
- As long as all bed sheets and underclothes are washed thoroughly and all mites and eggs are destroyed there should be no reoccurance.
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
- Consult you pharamacist for a lotion to destroy the mite. Most of these involve spreading the lotion over all areas for a period of 8 hrs and then washing off. The lotion should not be applied to the scalp, face or neck unless directed by your doctor.