Itchy rash is a common symptom, which can be caused by wide variety of health conditions.
Sometimes it may indicate a presence of hardly-visible eight-legged mites, called Sarcoptes scabiei. After female Sarcoptes gets under your skin, burrowing a tunnel, it begins to deposit eggs. With time, mites reproduce and spread to other body areas, causing itchy illness, called scabies.
Human organism is allergic to the mites, their waste products and eggs. That's why you experience such annoying want to scratch your skin, if you have scabies.
This disorder is extremely contagious. You may get it from infected person, when contact with his or her clothes, bed, towel etc. It's even possible to catch scabies, when only shake hand of someone with this issue. Transmission during sex is also a common trouble.
Once you have been exposed to this illness, it may take from four to six weeks for first symptoms to become apparent.
You may notice burrows, pimples and blisters anywhere on the body. But in most cases, mites prefer moist skin folds, like armpits, inner elbows, areas between fingers, buttocks and soles of the feet. Infants and young children are more likely to have infestations on the scalp, neck, palms and even on the face.
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It's not uncommon for scabies-related rash to be so severe that you may wake up at night because of itching and discomfort.
There is also one severe form of this condition, called Norwegian scabies. It usually appears in older adults and those with weakened immune system. This type of scabies manifests in multiple thick gray crusts that appear all over the body.
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Sometimes people scratch their rashes so intensively that open sores may occur. This increases risks of joining bacterial infection.
Actually pets may have scabies too. But the species of mites are different with those that affect people. So don't worry about getting this unpleasant condition from your dog.
The good news is also that it's not so difficult to get rid of scabies.
Medical professional may prescribe you cream or lotion, which should be applied directly on the affected areas in the evening before sleep, as mites are the most active at night time.
The most popular medications include 5% Permethrin cream, Lindane lotion and Crotamiton.
For people with weak immune system oral medication Ivermectin may be recommended.
Unfortunately there is no natural way to eliminate infection from your body.
Even if your scabies is treated successfully, it's completely possible to have itching several weeks after full elimination of the mites. However having scabies symptoms during a month or longer can mean that treatment was ineffective.
Over-the-counter antihistamine medicines, cold applications and soothing lotions can relieve itching, until the main treatment kills all mites and their eggs in your body.
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