Scabies or also known as Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis and are female microscopic mites that burrow into the carriers skin to feed and repopulate
There is two forms of scabies, one where 10-15 scabies are present and crusted scabies where parts of the skin are dried and crusted housing thousands of scabies mites.
How is it spread?
Both forms of scabies are spread through direct physical contact with a carrier, prolonged contact is more susceptible to spread so sexual contact is a good way to catch scabies.Scabies can also live on cloth materials for up to 3 days so sharing these items can spread it.
Raised white lines on skin from scabies burrow
If left Untreated
If left untreated, regular scabies will eventually form into crusted scabies because the mites have repopulated.If the carrier breaks the skin when scratching , bacterial infection is a possibility.
Treatments for scabies include topical creams and oral medications known as scabicides
Creams are applied to the whole body
Following instructions should have someone scabies free in about 2-4 weeks.
Some Treatments from MedicineNet.com
Lvermectrin-Not FDA Approved
Crotamiton- FDA Approved
Wash all sheets and immediate clothing with hot water.
Consult sexual partners and family members and get them checked out.
A Mighty Problem
Scabies can often be mistaken for mosquito bites or rashes so it can often be left alone until it is severe.
More often the perceived rash is treated with itch creams and although it stops the itching it does nothing to kill the mites.
It is wise to go to a doctor who can diagnose the condition and see what can be done.