Health > Scabies
These are tiny mites living on the skin, which feed off dead skin cells.
When the female mite start to breed, the symptoms will be as follows:
The primary symptom, itchy, red lacerations result when the female mite tunnels into the skin and deposits eggs and faeces. Environments such as nursing homes and childcare centres provide perfect breeding grounds for the mite, which needs a human host to survive.
Scabies mites are very difficult to get rid of once they infest you. They transfer to other people via close personal contact. You will not usually get these mites from your dog or cat. The symptoms usually appear two weeks after infestation and are your body’s reaction to the mites.
Always see your doctor for an accurate diagnosis, as you may not receive the tell-tale red lines.
Treatment is usually a simple case of applying the lotion which your doctor recommends to you. Anybody you have been in contact with should also be treated at the same time. The whole household will have to be treated. The mites can live on any surface for about 3 days, therefore all areas and surfaces must be vacuumed and cleaned thoroughly. The mites can also live in toys and books etc.
There are particular herbs that are useful for relieving the itching and redness.
Herbal Therapies - Application of tea tree oil diluted in a calendula carrier oil will often rid this ailment.
Personal Care - Rubbing lavender oil into your sores can also help relieve itching.
The best way to prevent getting scabies is to avoid contact with the mite. If you contract the parasite, take basic steps to avoid reinfection and infecting others: