If you suffer from, or have been diagnosed with a condition called scabies, Dr. Steve Musick, and his team of highly skilled dermatology professionals are here to help you.
WHAT IS SCABIES?
Scabies is a harmless yet extremely uncomfortable dermatological condition caused by tiny mites that burrow underneath your skin and lay eggs. It causes a most uncomfortable itching feeling usually much worse at night.
Scabies may present as tiny pink bumps, blisters or tiny tracks on the skin. Our skin to becomes extremely allergic to the mites, and this is what causes the uncomfortable itchy rash.
SYMPTOMS OF SCABIES
- Appearance of bumps or tracks around the folds of your skin such as armpits, neck, waist, back of the knees, soles of your feet, or even on your inner elbows. The mites nearly always inhabit the fingerwebs.
- In children, scabies may appear on the face, scalp, neck, and other parts of the body.
PRECAUTIONS OF SCABIES
Scabies is contagious, and you must avoid direct contact if you suspect that you have scabies. It is not uncommon that when one member of the family contracts scabies, that the rest of the family may also become infected with contact scabies and need to be treated for it as well.
DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT FOR SCABIES
Dr. Steve Musick can immediately diagnosed your condition for scabies by a performing a visual examination and/or by taking a small scraping of the affected area of the skin and examining it under a microscope for the presence of mites.
If you have been diagnosed with scabies, Dr. Musick can prescribe a medication for use on your skin. Itch relief will take a few days and, as the mites die and are sloughed from the skin you will be cured of this miserable condition.
To prevent further spreading of scabies, you MUST wash all clothing and bed linens in hot water, and dry with high heat.
Dry clean items that you cannot machine wash, and place all articles in a sealed container for at least 3 days. This allows the mites to starve because they will no longer have a food source.
Dr. Steve Musick is a Board-Certified Dermatologist by The American Board of Dermatology and treats all types of skin conditions in the Swansea, IL and St. Louis metropolitan area. There are numerous treatments that Dr. Musick and his team can perform, and it is best to make an appointment for proper evaluation of any skin condition.
To make an appointment, call Musick Dermatology in Swansea, IL today at 618-628-2588. We accept most health insurance programs.