Scabies Itch Before and After, Symptoms and Treatment

What is Scabies

Scabies is something that seems to effect children the majority of the time. If you or your family has never dealt with it before it can come as quite a mystery as to what it is.

The first sign will be a dark red rash that will be extremely itchy. As it progresses, you'll notice blister type sores appearing. It is extremely contagious and when it's scratched it will cause it to spread.

Scabies are a little bug that lives underneath your skin. It will move around and also lay eggs. When it moves that's when the itch is extremely intense. There is nothing you can do for it except go to the Doctor and he/she will prescribe a cream that is applied from head to toe. Basically it is an insecticide.

Generally one treatment will kill the scabies, but sometimes more than one application is required. Even after the cream is applied, it still can take several days before really feeling relief. Oatmeal baths give a little relief for the itching.

You want to make sure to wash all sheets, towels, bedding, and pillows.

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cathylynn99 5 years ago from northeastern US

scabies mites are not horribly contageous. my sister had them as a child for years on one foot. it never spread elsewhere on her or to me or my other two sisters or parents. i'm sure she scratched them. she was supposed to scratch them before applying treatment. the meds prescribed didn't work well, though. as i mentioned, she had it for years.

the picture you show looks like superinfected scabies, not just uncomplicated scabies. sometimes scratching leads to a bacterial infection.


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WayneDave 5 years ago from Leeds, England

That picture is awful. Such an awful problem isn't it.


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iamsergell 5 years ago from Darwin, Australia

I had a report on this way back when I was still studying. Scabies [the mites] are transmitted through contact. Scabies are hard to treat because these little creatures burrow themselves below the skin [that explains that red bumps]

Useful and informative hub. Voted up! :D


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DeborahFantasia 5 years ago from Italy Author

Hi Cathylynn98, my daughter got scabies one time and nobody else in the family got it. Although her Doctor did say they were contagious and recommened we all be treated (which I didn't end up doing.)

I can't believe you sister had them for so long, poor girl must've been miserable. When my daughter had them she couldn't stand the intense itching and pain.

I didn't know there was a difference between uncomplicated or infected scabies. The picture looks just like what my daughter had.

Thanks for you feed back and info ! :)


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DeborahFantasia 5 years ago from Italy Author

Yes "WayneDave," although I've never personally had it, my daughter has and she was just miserable. It took several weeks to heal. Thanks for visiting !


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DeborahFantasia 5 years ago from Italy Author

I agree "iamsergell," scabies are incredibly hard to get rid of and also multiply quickly and continue to spread. If not caught early you can get them from head to toe.

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