The mites that cause scabies, otherwise called Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis, must be removed in order to get rid of scabies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exposing mites on clothing to a temperature of 122 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes kills the mites. Scabicides, available only by prescription, are used to treat scabies by killing mites and their eggs on people.Continue Reading
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that patients who think that they have scabies seek treatment from a dermatologist because scabies are highly contagious. The AAD also encourages individuals to get treated immediately if they have had contact with people affected by scabies. Treatment usually involves the use of a scabicide that is applied anywhere from the forehead to the skin between the toes while avoiding orifices and the eyes. Washing all clothes, bed sheets, comforters, towels and any cloth that has come in contact with an affected person is highly recommended by the AAD.
According to WebMD, itching even after treatment can last from two to four weeks. Antihistamines and steroid creams or pills can provide itch relief. Patients who experience itching for longer than four weeks should contact their doctor or dermatologist to find other methods of treatment or to determine if reapplication of scabicides is necessary.Learn more about Skin Conditions
Types of skin mites include chiggers, scabies mites, rodent mites, bird mites and itch mites, reports the Illinois Department of Public Health. These mites bite the skin, causing irritation, itchy red papules and rashes, says the University of California, Davis.Full Answer >
Neck itching can be caused by insect bites, allergic reactions to perfumes or other chemicals, exposure to poison ivy, eczema, chickenpox, scabies, pinworm, psoriasis and stress, according to HealthGrades. Additional causes of neck itching include exposure to extreme temperatures, head lice, atopy, some metals used in jewelry and laundry detergents.Full Answer >
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, no over-the-counter treatments have been approved to cure scabies. The only way a person can cure scabies is by visiting a doctor and obtaining a prescription.Full Answer >
Itchy skin may be caused by a variety of different skin conditions and disorders, including psoriasis, eczema or dermatitis, hives, chickenpox and infestations with lice or scabies, notes Mayo Clinic. Itching from these conditions is usually generalized to certain areas and occurs along with skin irritations, redness, blisters and bumps.Full Answer >