About scabies, a common skin disease caused by an arthropod mite called Sarcoptes scabiei, Dermatology Specialist Dr. Instructor Member Oya Yeşim Hacımustafaoğlu Utkan made statements. Utkan said, “Small insects that cause scabies feed on human skin with blood. Therefore, gray lines and small red blisters may also occur on the skin, which becomes quite itchy during this feeding.
CAN BE TRANSMITTED IN 10 MINUTES
Reminding that the disease is transmitted by physical contact, Utkan said, “Apart from direct contact, prolonged contact with the infected person’s clothes, bed linen and towels is another transmission route of scabies. In classical cases of scabies, the transition of the disease occurs within approximately 10 minutes after skin contact.
4-6 WEEKS FOR COMPLAINTS OCCURRED
Stating that there is no scabies transmission from pets to humans, Utkan said, “Pets can also get scabies with another type of mite. With the infestation of these animal mites on the human body, individuals may experience itching for a few days. This situation is different with scabies in humans. The appearance of the symptoms of scabies may vary depending on whether the person has been in contact with this mite before. It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for the symptoms to appear in individuals who encounter scabies for the first time. In people who have had scabies before, the duration of symptoms may be shortened to 3-4 days.
ATTENTION TO THESE SYMPTOMS!
Symptoms that may occur during the course of scabies Dr. Instructor Member Utkan summarized it as follows:
“Itching that increases at night, blisters and itchy sores on specific skin areas, and the presence of itching in people living in the same house or in close contact. Normally, a person infected with scabies has 10-15 mites in the body during the active period of the disease. In Norway, where the number of these creatures reaches hundreds or even thousands, it is a very severe form of this ailment. The rashes observed in the larger area also have a thick crust. The scabies mite living under these shells can maintain its vitality by feeding on the shell for weeks.”
CAN BE SEEN ON THE WHOLE BODY IN BABIES
Utkan stated that the diagnosis of scabies is a diagnosis that can generally be made thanks to the patient’s medical history and characteristic skin findings. Between the fingers, the inside of the arms, the navel, the back area, the nipples in women, and the genital area in men are especially affected. In babies, the whole body skin can be affected, including the palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and scalp. In cases where the clinical diagnosis is uncertain, biopsy can also be applied. Because of its very characteristic features, such invasive diagnostic methods are rarely used.
ITEMS SUCH AS CLOTHES, BED COVERS AND TOWELS MUST BE WASHED WITH HIGH TEMPERATURE
Providing information about the treatment of scabies, Dermatology Specialist Dr. Instructor Member Oya Yeşim Hacımustafaoğlu Utkan said, “It is usually done by prescribing drugs used in the form of creams or lotions. It is very important that the people with whom the person lives together during this period of time receive treatment even if they do not show any symptoms. Generally, the recommended application is to apply the drug to every area from the neck level to the feet after a warm fiber bath. In addition to this treatment, some people may also be prescribed antihistamine and antibiotic drugs to relieve itching and infection. Killing mites on inanimate surfaces is another important step in the treatment approach to scabies. All personal items such as clothes, bedspreads and towels should be washed at high temperatures and cleaned of mites on them.
AFTER 3 DAYS OF TREATMENT, YOU CAN GET BACK TO NORMAL LIFE
Stating that the mites will start to die within a few days with the application of the treatment, Dr. Instructor Member Oya Yeşim Hacımustafaoğlu Utkan added that individuals can return to their normal lives after a 3-day treatment period.