What is post scabies?

Post scabies is a term used for the consequences of the skin condition known as scabies. It occurs due to dead mites that are still present under a person's skin. The symptoms of this problem will be very similar to those of scabies, but are generally less severe. Many of the discomforts that occur are the result of the skin's allergic reaction to debris and dead mites located under the skin.

Scabies is a skin condition in which tiny mites infest a person's skin. These parasites burrow below the surface of the skin and cause red bumps, lesions, itching, discomfort, and pain. If these problems occur, a person will need to see a doctor for a correct diagnosis. The doctor will usually scrape off a bit of a person's skin and place it under a microscope so he or she can see the mites. Certain medications are used to rid a person of mites.

After the mites have been killed, they will still be present under the skin, where they can continue to cause problems. In general, it can take up to a month for them to break down completely. The skin of a person with post scabies will likely experience itchiness, lesions, bumps, and minor discomfort. These discomforts are usually not as serious, but can sometimes cause the same level of discomfort as scabies. This is especially true if the symptoms of posterior scabies are not treated.

Dry skin usually occurs after scabies, so moisturizer or lotion is often recommended to remedy this problem. Medications can be used to quickly get rid of dead mites, but they are usually harsh on the skin. Dermatitis can occur with the use of any types of medications.

Sometimes post scabies can mimic scabies, making it hard to tell if the mites are really gone. The general rule of thumb is to see a doctor if new bumps appear and don't go away in three to four days. A doctor will be able to take another scraping and see if there has been a reinfestation. Scabies treatments should not be used again, post-scabies, unless a doctor recommends it because the mites have returned.

Post scabies can be avoided by staying away from people who have mites. The elderly, children, and people who have a weak or compromised immune system are more likely to get scabies. Many of the places a person should try to stay away during a known outbreak include schools, orphanages, day care centers, nursing homes, and nursing facilities.

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