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Pictures of Scabies After Treatment

What happens after scabies treatment?  Well, if you are using permethrin 5% cream, your itching should start to subside within 24 hours.  However, it is very possible to continue to have a rash and some itching for up to four weeks afterwards.  If the itching or rash start to get worse instead of better, you will want to be sure to visit the doctor to be certain that you are not still infected.






Here are some pictures of scabies after treatment:

scabies after treatment

This shows a hand where you can see the fading red rash.  The next picture is twelve days after treatment.  It is from the New World Encyclopedia.  You can see that there is almost no sign of the rash at all.  Your results will likely depend on how quickly your skin heals normally.

pictures of scabies after treatment

 

So I hope these pictures gave you a lot of hope for treatment.  Both of these people were treated with permethin cream, which is what your doctor will prescribe for you.  If you choose to get your own, then make sure you get the 5% version, not the 1%.

I could not find pictures of it being treated with alternative methods.  If you try sulfur powder or dermisil for scabies, please feel free to send one in (just make sure it’s family friendly!)

Scabies Causes – What Really Causes Scabies?

Sometimes, we feel like scabies causes are all based on the person who got it.  That person didn’t shower enough.  They did something they weren’t supposed to.  I’ve read forum postings that basically blamed the person who got it for getting it, which is just absolutely ridiculous!

Does a child do something to catch it?  Do the elderly do something to catch it?  Does someone who works in housekeeping take efforts to make sure they contract scabies?  Absolutely not!

The real cause of scabies is that annoying mite – sarcoptes scabiei.  It just won’t go away!  It’s been plaguing people since early Egyptian times, and it’s still plaguing us now.

Since that mite is so tiny, you can’t see it with your eyes.  So you have no idea if the carpet your child crawled around in also had scabies crawling around in it – you didn’t see a cloud of flying insects, and the carpet was just vacuumed.  You don’t know if the pile of linens you picked up was infested.  There’s just no way of knowing when you’ll come in contact with it.

Scabies continues to spread unless everyone in the house is treated at the same time.  You have to treat all your family members at once, or you’ll continue to pass it back and forth to each other.  There is now evidence that you even need to treat the do in order to prevent you and your family from getting reinfected.

When there is an outbreak at a nursing home or a daycare center, doctors are now recommending that everyone be treated there as well as their families.  Even if there’s no symptoms, you could have the mite and be passing it on to other people.  Remember that symptoms don’t develop for four to six weeks, which makes it even easier for the mite to spread.

So what are the true scabies causes?  Not poor hygiene.  Rather, it’s because of the nature of mite and the length of time it takes to see symptoms.  Bathing more often won’t help you avoid it.  But treating everyone at once will help you get rid of it.

 

Permethrin Cream – An Effective Scabies Treatment?

One of the first lines of treatment for scabies is permethrin cream 5%.   Also known as Elimite, it is fairly effective at killing the mite.  The 5% version is usually available via prescription, but I have seen it on Amazon.  But if your insurance covers prescriptions, use that at your local drug store instead.  It’s $20 on Amazon, and you may need more than one tube, especially if you are treating a whole family at once.  Your doctor should write you a script for enough for the whole family.  Avoid getting 1% permethrin, as this is not effective at killing the mite.  It works for lice, but it’s not strong enough for scabies.

Permethrin is considered very safe.  It’s the only one that is used for children, nursing women, and pregnant women.  It should not be used on children under the age of 2 months, but older children should be fine.  There are some people who are allergic to it – these are usually people who are also allergic to chrysanthemums and pyrethrin.

Side effects of permethrin cream include temporary redness of skin, itching and burning or stinging.  This is more likely to happen if you overuse it, so be careful to follow the directions your doctor gives you.

Different brands may have different directions, but here is what the National Institute of Health has to say…

  • Read the package directions carefully before using the medicine.
  • Thoroughly wash and dry skin.
  • Massage the cream into the skin from the head to the soles of the feet, paying special attention to creases in the skin, hands, feet, between fingers and toes, underarms, and groin. Scabies rarely infests the scalp of adults, although the hairline, neck, side of the head, and forehead may be infested in older people and in infants. Infants should be treated on the scalp, side of the head, and forehead.
  • Leave the permethrin cream on the skin for 8 to 14 hours.
  • Wash off by taking a shower or bath.
  • Put on clean clothes.
  • After treatment, itching may continue for up to 4 weeks.

So most people only need one application.  Children may need two, and if you have Norwegian or crusted scabies, you may require several treatments.

Now, it is likely that the itching will continue over the next four weeks.  Most people do have a decrease in itching about 24 hours after application.  If the itching intensifies or get worse, see a doctor for further testing.

 

Pictures of Scabies on Skin

As you may know, scabies is a mite that lives under the skin.  It burrows through there, feasting on your skin cells, laying its eggs, and defecating.  All this action will cause an allergic reaction that is extremely itchy.

If you think you have scabies, you will want to look at these pictures of scabies on the skin.  They will help you better understand what is going on.  Two things to look for are the red bumps, indicative of a scabies allergic reaction, and the scabies trails, where the mite has burrowed through.  These often get destroyed by itching, so you may not be able to see them easily.

 

First a diagram from Health.com:

pictures of scabies on skin

This picture is from Hardin MD:

scabies on skin

It usually looks like a lot of red dots, sometimes in a line, as if the mite had burrowed through there.  One tell tale sign of scabies is the burrows, so you may want to look at these pictures of scabies burrows.  However, the red dots are not actually mite bites, like some people may think.  They are actually the allergic reaction from the mite.

For that reason, you won’t see them clear up after using the medicine for a week.  It can actually take two to four weeks before the reaction goes away, after the mite is dead.  If your symptoms are severe, your doctor may do another skin scraping to see if it is still present.

Here is a diagram of the mite burrowing through the skin.  This is from lindane.com, but a virus warning is coming up on that site so I won’t link to it here.

scabies burrowing through skin

What is Canine Scabies?

We’ve talked a lot about human scabies.  But what about man’s best friend, the dog?  Does he get canine scabies?

Actually, yes.  But canine scabies is usually called mange.  The type of mite that a dog gets is different from the mite which plagues humans.  Humans cannot catch mange from a dog, nor can a dog give humans their form of scabies.  Sometimes the mite does transfer over, but it usually dies out on its own.  With human scabies, the symptoms will get worse instead of better.

Now, dogs can actually contract the same mite that humans do – sarcoptes scabiei.  This does transfer back and forth between dogs and humans.  So if your dog has this type of mite, your whole family will need to be treated for scabies along with the dog.  The dog’s collar and bedding will also need to be cleaned or replaced.

Dogs are actually born with their mites, and most of the time, the dog and the mite live in symbiosis.  This means that neither of them cause harm to the other.  These types of mites are called demodectic mites, and they are usually transferred to a dog when it is a puppy cuddling with its mother.

Sometimes, these mites get out of control and create infestations.  This can cause the hair to fall out and the dog’s skin to get infected.  There are three types of canine scabies – localized, generalized, and pododermatitis.

Localized happens a lot.  It’s where one colony of the mite grows out of control, creating a bald patch on the skin.  This usually happens on the face, and it creates a polka dot appearance.  90% of the time, this will resolve itself.

Generalized affects larger areas of the skin or even the dog’s entire body.  It often gets a secondary bacterial infection, which makes it very smelly and itchy.  Generalized canine scabies often indicate a problem with the dog’s immune system or other health issue. Treatment will depend on the age of the dog and what health issues are found.

The most resistant form of mange is found on the foot.  This is called demodectic pododermatitis, and is usually accompanied with a bacterial infection.  This usually requires deep biopsies to get an accurate diagnosis.