Conditions

Scabies

Scabies burrow

Scabies is a highly contagious skin condition caused by a parasitic mite which eats into the skin where it lays its eggs, causing an intense, itchy rash. It’s not uncommon and anyone of any age can get it: each month one in a thousand people in the UK catch scabies. It spreads easily through direct contact with the skin of someone infected. It’s not a result of poverty or poor hygiene, but kids are naturally at risk if an infection is going round their friends or school. Once diagnosed by your doctor, scabies needs treatment as it won’t go away on its own.

The first sign of scabies is the very intense itch which just won’t go away, and which seems even worse at night. That’s followed by a red rash or little lumps on the skin. Scabies mites particularly like warm areas of the body, but they aren’t fussy and can burrow into the skin anywhere. In kids, the scalp, palms of the hands, the area between the fingers, the neck and soles of the feet are all particularly prone.

As well as a blotchy rash, you’ll see thin red tracks like veins on the skin where the mites have eaten their way in. Like nits, scabies mites can’t jump or fly from person to person. To catch them, your child needs prolonged physical contact (such as holding hands) with an infected person. This also means that scabies can spread quickly from children to parents and the rest of the family.

The good news is that scabies is easily treated with an insecticide cream which kills the mites. Your doctor can prescribe this, and will also recommend a lotion to treat the itching. After treatment you should wash anything that an infected child has been in contact with, especially bed sheets and clothes, to stop the infection re-occurring.

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hi. I am not sure what I have. it looks like scabies but also get some itchy blisters before to get like in the photo. Doctors are keeping say that is the soap but is very strange, only get it on my left hand and is almost a year with it. the skin peel off after the blister and get very sore and rough. can you please help me? thanks





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my son is 10years he has got lumps under skin on both ears and going on to his face





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I think I have scabbies I have a red raised dot/lump on my vagina and it is really itchy I also have a really flabby vagina I'm not over weight but it is really Wierd will I be okay??





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i have been scratching for 3 months now, i scratch evry day and night. i went to the doctors and they said it was scabbies , i have been treating it with scabies lotion but i am still scratching and im getting even more on my arms and breast, what should i do? my name is latisha and i am aged 14





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Scabies is an infectious skin condition which is caused by a specific species of mites. I got some more useful articles, photos, videos and many other stuffs regarding scabies treatment at http://antiven.in/scabies/acapulco-leaves-for-scabies-treatment/ Check this out





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ive got an infection on my knee it has a large amount of puss in it, its very red and can be very sore. What should i do?? gemma aged 14





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Get some cream or something keep it VERY clean if 1 speck of dirt touches it wash it not with soap directly rub some on a soft flannel wet it and then dab on the knee if it starts to hurt just slide your leg back into the water

Hello - i am 14 and a girl. On my feet there are flat circles that dent into my sin , they are small and rock hard, they have been there for 3 years andnot moved . They are not contagus. What do I have?





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