As a mum, you are always going to be on the lookout for health issues that affect your children. You will also know that as soon as you send them off to nursery, they will start bringing some germs and other illnesses back with them, from skin conditions to Norovirus. Something that no parent wants but which almost all will have to deal with at some point is scabies. Scabies can cause a lot of discomfort, but several essential steps can help you minimize it and keep the amount of time you are dealing with it as short as possible.
How Do People Catch Scabies?
Scabies is a little tougher to contract than skin conditions such as ringworm because scabies mites need skin-to-skin contact to move to another person. Because they can’t jump or fly, you or your child will need to have been in close contact with another person’s skin for a long period of time, such as holding hands. It’s estimated that it takes about 15-20 minutes of skin contact for scabies to spread, but it also depends on the number of mites that the infected person is carrying.
What Is The Risk Of Having Scabies?
The main effect of contracting scabies is that the infected person will suffer from intense itching. Scabies symptoms are normally focused on one area before spreading, and a red rash normally follows it. This rash tends to be lumpy and blotchy. You should note that scabies may aggravate any infected person’s skin conditions.
One of the reasons why it can spread quickly is that the symptoms can take between two and six weeks to appear, making it easy for people to spread without realising.
What Do I Do If Someone In My Household Has Scabies?
The first thing to do if you discover that there is scabies in your family home is to not panic. You can buy scabies treatments easily from pharmacies, and there is no need to get in touch with your doctor if you are confident that this is the issue (for example, if you have had a note from your child’s school about it). The treatment is a topical cream that will kill the scabies mites, and this will need to be reapplied after a week.
It is very important that everyone in the household should be treated for scabies, even if they are not exhibiting symptoms. Remember that you may have caught scabies from your pet, so it is worth taking them to the vet. You should also notify anyone who has been in close contact with the infected person. Once you have applied the treatment, wash your linens, clothes, and towels at 50 degrees or above. Put clothing items in plastic bags for three days or more if they cannot be washed. You do not need to fumigate your home.
You will need to talk to your children about keeping the cream on after you have applied it and ensure that any babies that are being treated have their hands covered to ensure they do not wipe it off.