Scabies, also called sarcoptic manage, is a very contagious skin condition that is caused by a tiny mite that burrows its way deeper and deeper into the skin. This is a very common condition, with more than 200,000 cases in the United States every year. Thankfully, this itchy condition is very treatable. A person suffering from scabies will be applied with medication from the neck down that is left on for up to eight hours to completely eradicate the burrowing mite. Oral medications can also be used to kill the mite. Patients must keep in mind that scabies is still contagious until the mite has been killed.
The main symptom of scabies is itching. This itching sensation can be extremely severe, with varying degrees of intensity. This seems to begin in one area, and then it spreads to a larger area, or even to another body part. The itching is typically worse at night, not exactly prepping a positive environment for a good night’s sleep. It can also seem to worsen after a hot shower or bath, which is why bathing in cool or lukewarm water temperatures is suggested for some relief. Plus, the itching does not always occur where the mites are located, so also expect to itch in areas that are not infected.