Scabies

Scabies is an itchy skin condition caused by a tiny burrowing mite called Sarcoptes scabiei. The presence of the mite leads to intense itching in the area of its burrows. The urge to scratch may be especially strong at night.

Scabies is contagious and can spread quickly through close physical contact

Symptoms
Scabies signs and symptoms include:

  • Itching, often severe and usually worse at night
  • Thin, irregular burrow tracks made up of tiny blisters or bumps on your skin


The burrows or tracks typically appear in folds of your skin.Though almost any part of your body may be involved, in adults and older children scabies is most often found:

  • Between fingers
  • In armpits
  • Around your waist
  • Along the insides of wrists
  • On your inner elbow
  • On the soles of your feet
  • Around breasts
  • Around the male genital area
  • On buttocks
  • On knees
  • On shoulder blades


In infants and young children, common sites of infestation include the:

  • Scalp
  • Face
  • Neck
  • Palms of the hands
  • Soles of the feet


If you have had scabies before, signs and symptoms may develop within a few days of exposure. However, if you've never had scabies, it could take as long as six weeks for signs and symptoms to begin. It's important to remember that you can still spread scabies even if you don't have any signs or symptoms yet

Treatment
According to Ayurveda Scabies can be correlated to Pama,which is caused by vitiation of Kapha dosha and Pitta dosha. The main aim of treatment will be

  • To purify the blood and bring out the toxins from the blood stream
  • Locally to pacify the symptoms like itching and blisters


Tips

  • Maintain the personal hygiene. Clothes, bed linen, towels should be boiled and changed frequently.
  • Sweet and sour taste foods have to be avoided. Similarly milk,yoghurt,pickles are not recommended.
  • Mustard oil and sesame oil are good for application.
  • While bathing put few leaves of neem in the hot water.
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