Scabies popularly known as sweetie or craw craw in Nigeria is a parasitic infestation of the skin caused by the mite sarcoptes scabei . The mite ‘ sarcoptes scabei ‘ lay eggs in the surface of the skin and burrow to the skin , which the body reacts to the eggs and mite, resulting in multiple itchy rashes that can be infected by bacteria .
The symtoms of scabies are ; itching that is very sweet when scratched that is worse at night , and rashes commonly in the buttocks , private parts , waist region , knee , wrist , web spaces, ankle, and the armpit . The rashes can occur in other parts , but the rashes don’t occur in the head and neck .
Scabies is a communicable disease . It can be gotten through the use of towel , beddings , cloths belonging to an infected person , close contact and sexual intercourse .
The treatment of scabies is very extensive . The treatment of scabies is divided into non- drug and drug treatment , and note , both are very important in eradicating scabies as scabies is a very stubborn stuff to eradicate .
Non- drug treatment ;
1 washing of clothes , towel , beddings with a strong detergent and sunning them for like 3 days .
2. Bathing of warm water
3. Use of Tetmosol soap , because it contains a scabicide
4 . Cut nails
1 . Benzyl Benzoate; This a lotion , rub this lotion after bathing warm water , then after 24hrs bath warm water again , then rub again . This helps in killing the mite. Please note; rub every part except the head and neck
2. Loratadine tablet ; this helps in reducing the itching
3. Use antibiotics , if there is superimposed bacterial infection .