Scabies Treatment in Chicago, IL
If you think you might be suffering from scabies, schedule an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist today.
What is scabies?
Scabies is an extremely itchy rash caused by a mite that burrows into the top layer of skin. The mites are so small that people cannot see them with the naked eye so patients at home often misdiagnose. The scabies mite burrows into the skin, where it feeds and lays eggs. This causes inflammation and redness on the skin.
Whenever you develop a rash of any kind, it is important to see a board-certified dermatologist as soon as possible to determine exactly what is causing the rash and the appropriate treatment steps to take.
How did I get scabies?
Scabies mites cannot live long without a human host so they are generally passed by skin-to-skin contact, although they can also occasionally be transmitted via infected bedding, clothes, and furniture.
How can my doctor treat scabies?
Your doctor will most likely prescribe a medicated cream or lotion that you will apply all over your body, from the beck down. You will leave this medication on for a directed period of time – usually about 8 hours. In some cases, you will require more than one treatment. Even if no one else in your household appears to have scabies, since it is very contagious, your doctor will probably prescribe treatment for your entire family. Note: although pets can get scabies, it is caused by a different mite that cannot survive or reproduce on humans. You did not get scabies from your pet and your pet will not get scabies from you.
I’m still itching. Do I still have scabies?
Unfortunately, even after the mites are killed by the medicated lotion / cream, you may still experience itching for several weeks. Your doctor can prescribe anti-itch lotions and medications to help you deal with this.
The good news is that dermatologists like those at Dermatologic Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery can easily diagnose and treat scabies, which will dramatically shorten the length of time the rash and itching lasts and will prevent further spreading of scabies to friends and family of the infected patient.