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What are Scabies?

Scabies is a highly contagious skin condition caused by a mite called Sarcoptes scabiei. The mite burrows into the skin and lays its eggs, leading to intense itching and skin rashes. The itching and rashes are a result of an allergic reaction to the mites and their waste products.


What causes Scabies?

Scabies is caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite. The mite burrows into the skin and lays its eggs, causing an allergic reaction and intense itching. Scabies is highly contagious and can be spread through direct skin-to-skin contact, as well as through contact with infested clothing, bedding, and towels.

What treatments are available for Scabies?

Treatment for scabies typically involves prescription medications to kill the mites. The most commonly used medications for scabies are:

  • Permethrin cream: This topical medication is applied to the entire body from the neck down and left on for 8-14 hours before being washed off.

  • Ivermectin pills: This oral medication is taken as a single dose, and is effective in treating scabies in individuals with weakened immune systems.

  • Lindane lotion: This topical medication is used in some cases, but is not recommended as a first-line treatment due to potential toxic side effects.

In addition to treating the affected individual, all close contacts should also be treated to prevent re-infestation. After treatment, itching and skin rashes may persist for several weeks, but should eventually subside.

It is important to seek medical attention for proper diagnosis and treatment of scabies, as well as to rule out any other skin conditions that may mimic scabies. Over-the-counter treatments and home remedies are not recommended for scabies, as they are often not effective and can cause skin irritation.

FAQ About Scabies

How is scabies diagnosed?

A dermatologist can diagnose scabies by examining the skin and performing a skin scraping to look for mites, eggs, or mite feces.

Is scabies curable?

Yes, scabies is curable with proper treatment.

How long does it take for scabies to go away?

With proper treatment, scabies can go away within several days to several weeks. However, itching and skin rashes may persist for several weeks after treatment.

Can scabies be spread through bedding and clothing?

Yes, scabies can be spread through bedding, clothing, and towels, which is why it is important to wash these items in hot water and dry on a hot setting.

Is it safe to return to school or work after being treated for scabies?

Yes, it is safe to return to school or work after being treated for scabies, as long as all close contacts have also been treated.

Is there a dermatologist near me in Spokane that offers treatment for scabies?

Yes. At our Spokane dermatology office we offers treatment for scabies to patients from Spokane and the surrounding area. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.