Scabies are extremely tiny bugs that can live on and under the skin. They cause a pimple like rash that leads to intense itching. There are actually two different types of scabies infestations, including regular scabies and crusted scabies. Both can be transmitted through skin contact, bedding, clothing, and furniture. The best way to resolve the issue is to go to the doctor and get a prescription that will kill the small mites.
Although the condition is treatable by a prescription from the doctor, there are health risks associated with them, especially for people who have crusted scabies. These risks are even more likely for the elderly, especially those who are disabled or debilitated, and people who have a weakened immune system. Symptoms of a crusted scabies include thick crusts of skin that may be gray in color. It may also flake very easily. The risk from this type of infestation comes from scratching the skin and therefore allowing bacteria to penetrate it more easily. This can lead to a secondary infection that requires even more aggressive treatment.
An infestation of the skin by the human itch mite is something that can happen to anyone at any time. Scabies are found all over the world. And while they are very contagious and easily spread by skin to skin contact, a regular scabies infection is easily treated. There are topical lotions as well as oral medications that can be taken. However, getting rid of the problem will also require some serious cleaning. Mites can live on clothing, bedding, in carpets, and on furniture for 2-3 days. To fully treat the infestation, carpets must be vacuumed, hard surfaces must be cleaned (preferably with bleach), and the clothes of those affected should all be washed and dried in hot water.
The itching from the scabies will often be worse at night than it is during the day. And because the rash and the symptoms could be from other skin problems, it is always a good idea to go to the doctor and get tested at the first sign of symptoms. Getting the right treatment as early as possible will help reduce the risk of the scabies infecting others.