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What Is Scabies

scabies is a common skin infection due to the itch mite Sarcoptes Scabei. Scabies produces a variety of skin rashes, primarily found on the sides and webs of fingers, the wrists, elbows, axillary folds, breasts of women, external genitalia of men, buttocks and margins or soles of the feet. The face and scalp are not affected by scabies in adults. Scabies is usually acquired by close personal contact with an infected person or bed linen. Localized or generalized itching caused by scabies may be severe. Confirmation of the diagnosis by microscopic visualization of the scabies mite, or its products, from skin scrapings is helpful.


Be sure and talk to your doctor before starting any treatment. Treatment for scabies consists of applying a special lotion or cream as directed and thorough laundering of clothing and bedding. An inexpensive way of decontaminating scabies from clothes that require dry cleaning is to hang them in a sealed garment bag with mothballs for two weeks. Although the scabies mites are usually eradicated rapidly with therapy, the itching may persist at a low level for much longer time after treatment, due to a secondary allergic response in the skin. Occasionally cortisone creams, antihistamines and antibiotics will be needed for treatment of secondary eczema and/or infection caused by scabies.

Picture of Scabies Rash

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Causes of Scabies

Scabies is caused by a mite (Sarcoptes scabiei) which burrows under the skin, but the rash and itch are much more widespread than the location of the mites.

The scabies mite may be passed easily by close contact and commonly starts at the wrist, presumably having been picked up through holding hands.

Picture of Scabies

Corrective Measures for Scabies
 It takes a long time for persons infested with scabies mites to develop symptoms such as a rash or itching. It is normally recommended that the patient and all the family members who have had close contacts receive treatment at the same time. Currently medications for scabies treatment available include Kwell shampoo, which contains 1% lindane and 10% crotamiton (Eurax). These treatment preparations are available in creams or lotions and should be used according to a physicians instructions instructions. Usually the treatment medication is applied at bedtime and then thoroughly rinsed off the following morning. It`s recommended that a second treatment about one week later be applied to eliminate newly hatched scabies mites before they are able to mature and lay eggs. Itching from scabies usually persists for a long time due to allergic reactions produced by the scabies mites but this does not indicate that further treatment would be necessary.

Picture of Scabies Mite

Why Do Scabies Itch So Much
The itching comes from scabies setting up home in your child's body. Female scabies mites burrow under the skin, where they lay eggs and also deposit faeces. The scabies eggs and scabies faeces trigger an allergic reaction in your child's skin, which is the cause of the almost unbearable itching.
Scabies Prevention

All infected persons should receive treatment.  "Contacts" of a person with scabies (such as sexual partners or household members) should also receive treatment. Good personal hygiene, frequent hand washing, regular bathing or showering, regular changes  of bed linens, and not sharing clothing helps prevent scabies.

What is treatment for scabies rash
Scabies treatment consists of a cream from your doctor. Even after the cream gets rid of mites, a child may still be itchy for a few weeks after treatment. It doesn't mean that the mites are still there. It just means that the child is still reacting to the scabies mite.

Scabies From Pets?
My mother was recently diagnosed with Scabies. She has a cat that goes outside everyday. Can an animal give a human Scabies?

Cats get Mange which is caused by scabies mites that burrow into the pets skin. This mite will cause severe itching and is also contagious to both other pets and to people. The condition in people is called scabies.