What to Expect with Scabies
What is scabies?
Scabies is a rash that is caused by mites. These mites will bite and then burrow under the skin. This leaves a very identifiable tunnel rash that can be diagnosed without any further testing. The itching with scabies also tends to intensify at night and can scab.
What if I have scabies?
If you believe you have scabies, make an appointment with a dermatologist as soon as possible. Anyone of any age can get scabies. Scabies can be treated with a topical medicine that is kept on for 8 hours then washed off.
How does scabies spread?
Scabies is most often spread by direct contact with someone who has scabies. It is important to note that family members will also likely need to be treated even if they don’t have symptoms yet. Scabies can take from 2-6 weeks to begin showing symptoms.
Your pets, however, do not need any type of treatment. These mites can only survive on humans.
What else should I know?
Scabies can live without human contact for up to four days. Therefore, you will also need to clean all bedding, towels, clothes, washcloths, stuffed animals and anything else you’ve recently come into contact with. It is also recommended to vacuum all furniture, mattresses rugs once you start treatment to prevent another round of scabies.
Watch this video for more information.
This video from the American Academy of Dermatology gives a good overview about scabies and its corresponding treatment.