What is Scabies?
Scabies is a hypersensitivity rash caused by the mite, Sarcoptes Scabiei. It is itchy red bumps sometimes arranged in a line on the wrist, webs of the fingers and even the genitalia. In most patients with scabies, only have a few mites that cause the intense itching. In patients with an impaired immune system, there may be hundreds of mites. In this case, the reaction may look crusted. Because the condition is transmissible through direct contact, spouses and partners and the rest of the household, health care workers, group home residents, and children in childcare facilities are susceptible.
The patient and the rest of the household need to be treated at the same time to prevent recontamination or recurrence. A number of medications are available and Dr. Aspacio will assess your condition and direct you to the appropriate treatment. To prevent recurrence, bedding and clothes that have been used for the past week need to be washed. Your home needs to be vacuumed as well. Even with the appropriate treatment and the mites are dead, you may still itch for a number of days as a result of slow elimination of the mite body part or feces from your skin.