Scabies is an itchy skin condition caused by a tiny parasite (mite) called Sarcoptes scabiei. Scabies is extremely contagious and spreads rapidly in crowded conditions.
The itchy rash of scabies develops when a female scabies mite burrows into superficial skin and lays eggs. The human immune system is highly sensitive to the presence of the mite and produces a massive allergic response, which causes intense itching.
Scabies is not caused by lack of personal hygiene, though it is more frequently seen in people who live in crowded conditions such as hospitals, nursing homes, child care facilities, and other situations where people spend extended periods of time in close contact with each other.
Although the entire body may itch, the most common locations for the lesions of scabies include:
The most obvious signs of scabies are pink-to-red bumps, and the burrow, which is a fine, thread-like, scaly line (3–10 mm long), sometimes with a tiny black speck (the burrowing mite) at one end.
Scabies is intensely itchy, especially at night.
Scratching the itchy lesions can create breaks in the skin, and these breaks can become infected with bacteria.
A severe form of scabies, called Norwegian scabies or crusted scabies, is seen in:
Scabies is extremely contagious. It is easily spread to sexual partners and to other members of the household. Less commonly, it may be spread by sharing towels, clothing, or bedding.
Wash all clothing, bedding, and towels used by the infested person and dry these items in a hot dryer. Vacuum all carpets, rugs, and upholstered furniture.
Your physician may be able to diagnose scabies simply by examining your skin for typical lesions such as burrows. A skin scraping, called a scabies preparation, may be examined under the microscope for mites, eggs, or mite droppings (faeces).
In most cases of scabies, your doctor may recommend a topical cream or lotion to be applied to all areas of the body, such as:
Itching may take up to 3 weeks to go away, as your immune system continues to react to dead mites.
Household members, sexual partners, and anyone else with prolonged skin-to-skin contact with the infested person should also be treated simultaneously.
In general, a physical consultation with Dr. Rinky Kapoor will cost you about INR 1000/-. However, regular follow ups will ensure faster cure.
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