Scabies - What is it and How to Treat?
Scabies is a highly contagious skin condition caused by a mite called Sarcoptes scabiei. It spreads through close personal contact and can also be acquired by sharing clothing, bedding, or towels with an infected person. The symptoms of scabies include intense itching, a rash with small red bumps, and sometimes, thin, wavy lines on the skin.
Scabies is typically treated with prescription medications that kill the mites and their eggs. The most common medications for treating scabies are topical creams and lotions that contain permethrin, ivermectin, or benzyl benzoate. These medications should be applied to the entire body, from the neck down, and left on for several hours before being washed off.
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In some cases, oral medications may be prescribed to treat scabies. These medications are usually reserved for severe or widespread cases of scabies or for patients who cannot tolerate topical medications.
In addition to medication, it is important to take steps to prevent the spread of scabies. This may include washing all clothing, bedding, and towels in hot water and drying them on high heat, avoiding close personal contact with others until the infection has cleared, and informing close contacts that they may have been exposed and should also be treated.