“My doctor said my itching isn’t from dry skin, but scabies”

Scabies is a skin condition that causes very itchy skin.  It is caused by a skin mite that burrow under your skin and lay eggs.   This is spread by person to person contact, or by picking up a mite from someone elses clothes.

People with scabies usually get little red bumps or blisters on their skin. Sometimes the bumps are hard to see. Some people even notice tiny tunnels in their skin where the mites have buried themselves.

These are the body parts that are most often affected by scabies:

  • The fingers and webbing between the fingers
  • The skin folds around the wrists, elbows, and knees
  • The armpits
  • The waist
  • The sides and bottoms of the feet

Scabies is treatable, but can be hard to get rid of.   Permethrin cream is most commonly used.  This kills the mites.   Itching can last for a week, even after the scabies mite is gone.

When you start treatment, wash all the clothes you and others in your home wore in the last 4 to 5 days in hot water. Then dry them in a dryer on high heat. You should also wash any sheets and blankets or towels people in your home have touched.   Scabies mites usually die without contact with human skin after a few days.


About cschaffer78

I'm a family practice physician in Evansville, IN. My practice is described as "full-spectrum" family practice, meaning I see patients "from cradle to grave". I care for men and women of all ages, I deliver babies, and even follow my patients when they are hospitalized. Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider
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