Scabies infections are highly contagious and should be treated quickly to reduce symptoms like itching and the likelihood of spreading the infection to those who are close to you. This infection is the result of a microscopic species of mite. For effective scabies treatment, patients can turn to West Sound Dermatology in Poulsbo, WA.
What are Scabies?
Scabies is a parasitic infection caused by microscopic burrowing mites known as Sarcoptes scabiei. Scabies mites burrow into the skin and deposit eggs, resulting in intense itching and small blisters or bumps which occur in thin, irregular tracks. Scabies blisters are most common in folds of the skin, such as the underarms. Itching is typically worse at night. The infection is highly contagious, as the mites can pass between people through close contact or by sharing clothing or bedding.
Treatment Options for Scabies
Treatments for scabies are intended to remove the mites and any eggs. Scabies treatment options include prescription creams or lotions which are applied to the entire body for the duration of the treatment. This helps to ensure that all mites and eggs are eliminated. In many cases, your provider will also recommend that all members of your household follow the same treatment protocol, as scabies is highly contagious and often occurs in multiple members of a household. Some patients may also require oral medications for their scabies infections.