Katz Dermatology, An affiliate of Anne Arundel Dermatology, Rockville, MD

What is Scabies?

Scabies is a dermatological condition which makes the skin very itchy. The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the skin condition a water-related disease. General Dermatologists explains that scabies is caused by a certain kind of mite, specifically Sarcoptes scabiei or the scabies mite, which infests the skin causing irritation and severe itching. Scabies contagious and could easily be acquired through skin-to-skin contact, the longer, the higher the risk.

What are the symptoms of Scabies?

According to Dr. Matthew Katz, serious irritation and itchiness which is more frequent and feels worse during night frequently with very small rashes with blisters or sores could be a sign of scabies. The symptoms may take two to three weeks for symptoms to persists or be seen. As a rash could be difficult to diagnose as scabies just by looking, sometimes dermatologists may need to take a skin sample, dry skin from affected area, to be checked under the microscope in order to confirm the diagnosis.

What should I do if I have Scabies?

The skin condition, scabies, will not go away if left untreated. According to Dr. Robert Katz the usual treatment is through dermal creams containing 0.5% permethrin. Permethrin is a kind of insecticide that is specially designed to kill scabies mites. An alternative substance to use is malathion 0.5% aqueous liquid for cases in where the patient is sensitive or allergic to permethrin. However it is always recommended to have an appointment and consultation before doing any treatment in order to know details regarding your condition.

Our dermatologist reminds patients that they may still feel the itch for about 2 to 3 weeks after a successful treatment. The reason behind this is that it would take a while to get rid of the mites completely. Also there are also rare cases where in lumps which usually appears brownish or reddish which could have a radius of up to 1 cm to remain. In such cases these usually occur in the private area or in the armpits which is caused by extended exposure to the mites and commonly go away in about 3 months but could stay up to a year.

Could Scabies be prevented?

Remembering that scabies is passed through direct contact, a proper, healthy, personal hygiene is the best way to prevent the skin disease. Avoid sharing personal things such as towels, handkerchief, clothes especially undergarments, or anything that makes contact with the skin.

Do you want more information about Scabies?

We highly advise you to visit a medical expert, or a dermatologist to be specific, for your queries regarding scabies be properly discussed and answered. Skin experts would be able to provide with proper answers, diagnosis and treatment for your skin condition, as it varies differently from patient to other patient. You could visit Katz Dermatology in Rockville, Maryland for any matter or concern about your skin needs.

Katz Dermatology has been providing dermatology for over 40 years and continues to provide skin services including general dermatology, surgical dermatology, aesthetic dermatology and cosmetic dermatology. Contact us or login and schedule an appointment with us. Katz Dermatology is always here to help you with your skin problems by providing dermatology services for the community especially in Maryland.