Scabies Bites

Scabies bites make little bumps or blisters on your skin. The scabies mite burrows beneath your skin where it feeds on human blood, so they bite in order to feed. The scabies mite is very small, about the size of a pinhead. Since they live beneath your skin, you may never actually see a mite, just the rash they cause on your skin.

Scabies bites are usually extremely itchy and the itchiness usually gets worse at night. The itchiness is caused by an allergic reaction to the mites under your skin. Sometimes the itching continues for a week or two after all the scabies mites have been killed because it takes a while for the allergic reaction to subside.

  Scabies on hand                                                                  Scabies on chest 

Unfortunately, it’s very easy to transmit the scabies mite from one person to another. Sometimes a simple handshake or hug is all it takes. Sharing clothing or bedding with someone that has scabies can also do it.

To prevent scabies, avoid close contact with people that have the condition if you can. If you learn that you’ve been exposed to scabies, or if someone that lives in your home develops the condition, you should get treatment as a preventative measure. You should also wash all clothing, bedding and towels in very hot water.

Over the counter remedies like Calamine lotion will help to relieve the itching of scabies bites but they will not kill the scabies mites. You’ll want to kill the mites as soon as possible because the condition will just get worse as time goes on.

Many people go to their doctors when they get scabies and doctors often prescribe a medicated skin cream to treat the condition. The skin creams prescribed usually contain pesticides that are absorbed through the skin to kill any scabies mite there. Some people don’t like the idea of pesticides being absorbed through their skin, though. They worry about possible side effects of skin creams prescribed to treat scabies, which range from relatively minor things like increased itching to very serious things like seizures.

Doctors can also prescribe an oral medication called Ivermectin to treat scabies but they usually recommend that people try the prescription skin creams first because Ivermectin carries a greater risk of side effects. It can cause nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, fever, joint pain, dizziness, fainting or seizures.

Some people prefer to use tea tree oil or other natural treatments to treat scabies. That way they don’t have to worry too much about unwanted side effects. If you prefer to use a natural treatment, just make sure you choose one that is known to be effective at killing the scabies mite. You might also want a natural treatment that relieves the intensive itching of scabies bites.

You may need to see a doctor if your scabies bites become crusty or scaly, because that is a sign of a type of scabies known as Norwegian scabies that is harder to treat than the more common form of the condition. See a doctor if your symptoms do not go away with treatment.

More than scabies bites on our how to treat scabies page

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