Scabies Awareness

There has been a case of scabies in the secondary school and parents need to be aware because whilst very treatable it  can be hard to diagnose.

The main symptoms of scabies are:

  • intense itching, typically worse at night and after a hot bath or shower
  • visible burrows on the skin between the fingers and in skin creases such as armpits and genitals
  • a bump or pimplelike rash, which is often difficult to see.
  • small, clear, fluid-filled spots or lesions.

Usually, there is not much rash to be seen because the mites bury into the skin. In elderly people, the rash may appear more widespread. In children, areas such as the face, scalp, palms and soles of the feet are often affected.

The itch may last for two to three weeks

The itch may persist for two to three weeks after treatment, even if the scabies have been effectively treated. This is because the itch is caused by the body’s immune system responding to the mites and may take time to settle down. You can talk to your pharmacist about treatments available to help with the itch.

If symptoms persist for longer than two to three weeks, you should see your doctor for a review.

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