What is Scabies and Can it Be Treated?

Scabies is a very real dermatological condition that you may not be very familiar with.  Scabies is often referred to as the “seven-year itch” a name that may be more familiar to you.  Scabies is characterized by small blister-type lesions that appear on the surface of the skin. Over time they can become larger, thick and scaly patches.

What is Scabies and Can it Be Treated? Scabies is an itchy rash that is very contagious.  It is caused by a mite also known as a Sarcoptes Scabiei – thus the name Scabies. It can cause patients to have difficulty sleeping and often appears in sensitive areas such as the groin.  It is also common to find scabies rashes on your hands, feet, underarms and buttocks.

Typically scabies only affects children or patients that are bed-ridden. When the scabies mite burrows into the top layer of your skin it will cause blisters and irritation to appear over time. If you find yourself with a scabies rash there are both non-prescription and prescription strength creams that can be applied to the skin to eliminate the rash.  Because scabies is so contagious, if one member of the family is diagnosed, it is important that all family members also be treated for the rash.

Additionally, good hygiene such as daily showers and frequent hand washing can help prevent scabies. Sheets, towels and other linens should also be washed frequently in hot water to prevent the mites from appearing.

If you believe that you may have developed scabies and need treatment, contact Gold Skin Care Center for an appointment today.

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