Scabies is a very itchy skin condition caused by tiny mites, itch mite, sarcoptes scabies that burrow into the skin to produce intense itching, which tends to be worse at night. Any one can be affected, even those who keep themselves very clean can get scabies. The mites which cause scabies are not visible with the naked eye. Transmission of the mites involves close person-to-person, contact of the skin-to-skin variety. It is hard, if not impossible, to catch scabies by shaking hands, sharing cloths,or even sharing bedclothes that had mites in them the night before and other household,personal belongings. The physical contact required to contract scabies may,however, be sexual, and sexual contact is the most common form of transmission among sexually active people. However, other forms of physical contact, such as mothers hugging the children, are sufficient to spread the mites. Scabies often affects several family members at the same time.
A mite burrows very quickly under the skin, especially in areas where it is rough or wrinkled, such as the elbows, knuckles and knees. Touching or scratching an area that is infested with mites can spread them to other parts of the body. The scabies mite that infests humans does not live on dogs or other pets. Similarly, animal-transmitted scabies mites do not survive or reproduce on humans. However, they can live long enough on humans to cause itchy hives or raised bumps.
Symptoms ; Scabies produce severe itching and irritated skin that is usually worse at night, small red bumps and blisters and affect specific areas of the body. It may involve the webs between the fingers, the wrists and the backs of the elbows, the knees, areas around the waist and umbilicus, the axillary folds, the areas around the nipples, bra line, and the sides of the breasts in women, the sides and backs of the feet, the genital area in men, and the buttocks. The bumps, papules may contain blood crusts. It is helpful to know that not every bump is a bug.
Children typically have worse skin reactions. Itching usually starts first, around or on the scalp, neck and face. On the palms and soles, often the first symptom noticed in babies is a series of tiny blister like sores in these areas. It often becomes noticeable at night or after bathing and is sometimes mistaken for dry skin. Itching is caused by an allergic reaction to the scabies mite. Irritated skin often appears as a rash and skin sores that look like tiny curving tracks. These symptoms are a result of the mite tunneling under the upper layers of the skin but sometime a small blister or the mite itself, which looks like a tiny black dot, at the end of a burrow. Babies may only have red and inflamed skin, sometimes with small blister like sores. Nodular scabies; are small reddish brown raised areas (nodules), may develop in covered areas such as the armpits, groin, buttocks, scrotum, and penis.
The most common complication of scabies is a bacterial skin infection, such as impetigo. This most often occurs when the skin has been scratched raw. Hair follicles may also become infected. The skin can become thick, red, and scaly or shiny from persistent scratching.
Risk ; People are at higher risk of exposure to scabies mites those sexually active, close skin-to-skin contact(not specifically sexual intercourse) makes transmission more likely. People who live or work in institutions such as nursing homes, homes for the developmentally disabled, and prisons. People who live in crowded conditions. Or people who have weakened immune systems.
If one has suddenly develop severe night time itching, or develop serious side effects from any product used to treat scabies, itching lasts longer than 4 weeks after treatment or develop skin infection resulting increased pain, swelling, heat, redness or tenderness, continued discharge of pus, high fever, one should contact the doctor.
Prevention ; Avoiding close skin-to-skin contact with someone who has scabies, as well as with their personal items, will help to avoid getting scabies. Destroy the bedding and clothing of the affected person as soon as prescription treatment begins. Wash linens and bedclothes in hot water, because mites don’t live long away from the body, it is not necessary to dry-clean the whole wardrobe, spray furniture and rugs, and so forth. Treat sexual contacts or relevant members (who either have symptoms or have the kind of relationship that makes transmission likely). Cut your nails, and clean under them thoroughly to remove any mites. Try to avoid scratching. Keep any open sores clean.
ACUPUNCTURE SuJok, the energy concept emphasise that any bacteria itself is a wind, and irritation, itching, inflammation itself indicates that heat energy is dominant. If any one is aware of the energy concept can give positive results. Moreover, irritation, inflammation, one can get results in a short treatment sessions.
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