Treating scabies will be easy if it is diagnosed early. The symptoms of scabies may be similar to other skin disorders and allergies. An early visit to your physician can give you a faster change of recovery. Delaying your visit to a doctor may allow the scabies mites to spread and infect those people whom you are in constant contact with. If you happen to have a sexual partner and you are infected, you should visit the nearest sexual health clinic to be checked and treated immediately. You should then avoid having sexual activities and avoid having prolonged body contact with your sexual partner until the full treatment has been accomplished.
The initial cream used for treating scabies is Permethrin cream. The effect of this cream is pretty clear. In the event that Permetrin is ineffective, the much stronger Malathion lotion is used. Both skin medications are formulated with insecticides that kill the scabies mites. Children from two-and-a-half month to two years of age should only use Permetrin cream under medical supervision. Pregnant women should also use the cream with medical supervision. Although Malathion lotion has no known side effects in pregnant women and nursing mothers, it is always prudent to proceed with caution by asking your doctor about the treatment.
The best approach to treating scabies is not to allow re-infection. All members of the family and those whom you are in close contact with, including sexual partners must be treated at the same time, even if they have not yet manifested any symptoms. When applying Permethrin cream and Malathion lotion, see to it that you apply it when your skin is cool and dry. If your body is hot, the cream will be quickly absorbed by the upper skin and will not do its job. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist, what areas of the body the cream can be applied. Some products can be applied to the whole body, while other products have limitations.
When using Permethrin or Malathion, certain side effects may be experienced. If you experience these side effects, inform your doctor immediately so that an alternative medication can be prescribed. The side effects include numbness, a tingly sensation and stinging when you apply the cream. On the first day of applying the cream observe if you exhibit the side effects. If they persist after three to four applications, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. They can advice you and give you some options regarding treating scabies.
Aside from treating the individual, treating scabies includes washing and sterilizing items around the house. This is a must to avoid re-infestation of the scabies mites. You should wash towels, linens, clothes, nightwear and everything that you constantly use that you suspect may be infected. You must also vacuum carpets and furniture and spray a recommended insecticide to sterilize the entire house. When washing, you should wash at a hotter temperature. Scabies mites cannot survive hot water and they can suffocate when you wrap clothing in plastic for 72 hours.