Scabies is a kind of a skin infection spread by a parasite which is called Sarcoptes Scabiei. Scabies is highly contagious and no one is immune because it does not attack people with low immunity but any physical contact with an infected patient or contaminated objects. The disease should therefore be treated immediately to reduce the chances of it spreading to other persons or even showing more serious symptoms. The human eye can barely see the microscopic mites that cause the infection so they are often missed. Dermatologists estimate that there are more than 300 million cases of scabies infection in the world per year. The treatment opportunities of this skin disease are either over the counter or natural home remedy treatments.
The most common and earliest symptom to show is itching. These mites mostly bother the patients at night as a reaction to the mite’s saliva because that is the time that the mites are feeding. At the start of the infection, which starts in the folds of the skin and the body crevices, the first symptom is a rash that shows up in the form of little red lumps similar to hives, pimples or small bites. In the later stages the symptoms are crusty and scaly skin surface.
Will they be back?
This is the question that many people ask themselves and especially those who have had the infection. Anyone who has experienced the infection with the disease knows how difficult it is to deal with it. Sometimes post scabies rash may occur on your skin and the worry now sets in, is it another infection?
There are different reasons that may cause re-infestation and they include:
- Poor application of the drug to kill the scabies.
- Lack of surveillance for additional scabies cases after treatment
- Failing to clean thoroughly, resulting in continued exposure to infested materials such as furniture, clothing, personal items, and bedding.
- Failing to report reports of symptom persistence 7 days after treatment.
- Failing to identify and treat symptomatic individuals.
- Withdrawing scabicide application before required period of time.
- Failing to reapply medication when it has been removed from the body during the treatment period.
- Failing to treat those infested but non-symptomatic individuals.
- There may be cases of scabicidal resistance, but the extent to which the scabies mite may have developed resistance to permethrin is not yet known.
To ensure that the infestation will not be back, you should ensure that you maintain a high level of hygiene and cleanliness and especially in the areas of personal items you think might have been infested by the mites for example beds, clothes, and seats. The areas should either be disinfected or covered with plastic sheets to ensure starvation of the mites to death.
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