Scabies, first signs and symptoms of scabies infection.
First signs and symptoms of scabies or human Itch mite, may be confused with other skin complications which can include demodicosis, shingles or virus-like rashes. It could take up to 60 days for noticeable symptoms of scabies invasion. When these microscopic mites begin to dig tunnels, red or brown zigzag strains start to emerge on the skin. An allergy look like rash consisting of small to medium sized holes and bumps might appear in affected areas.
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Same as demodex mites, symptoms of human scabies are accompanied with extreme and on-going itching, at night in particular. One sign to be sure that you have scabies and not demodex is another person in your family with similar symptoms. Unlike demodex, scabies is extremely contagious. It can be passed on to other people in your home.
If demodex mites typically affect adults and can be found mainly on the facial skin, the scalp, the eye lashes and the eye lids, scabies are able to invade adults and children. The scabies are tiny but vicious skin parasites when it comes to choosing areas where it likes to migrate. Various parts of a persons body that include: the elbows, the waistline area, underneath the breasts in women, the genital area, the buttocks, such small areas like between the toes and the fingers are the most typical for scabies infestation. The head, neck, feet and hands can home these insects as well. Most of the human body's folds and crevices can be affected with scabies.
Always Seek Professional Advice First
The good news is that scabies in humans can be treated. There are different ways available as well as preventative measures which can eliminate scabies. Please consult with your family doctor first and have professional advice on scabies treatment. Prescription products such as Permethrin and Lindane are often used to treat scabies, the oral Ivermectin can be prescribed. To relieve the itching and irritation of scabies, you may take oral antihistamines or apply steroid creams. Soap with 10% sulfur and over the counter products with sulfur are widely available in different forms.
Antibiotics and steroid medications can be prescribed to treat scabies. If you choose antibiotics and steroids to treat scabies, read the directions carefully, many chemical products have severe side effects and should not be used longer than 3 - 4 weeks. Steroid medications can suppress the immune system and cause demodicosis. Always ask your doctor about side effects of prescribed medication.
Sulfur products: soap in particular irritate and dry the skin. If scabies infected skin gets dried by sulfur, your body start producing more sebum oil (skin fat). Most of the skin mites: scabies, demodex and others, feed on sebum oil. Therefore, oily skin helps the mites to survive, it makes treatment of scabies more difficult.