What is Scabies Rash?
A scabies rash is an extremely itchy and persistent rash that that is caused by an infestation of scabies mites. These tiny eight-legged creatures are extremely contagious and can be passed on from even the briefest contact with skin or clothing of an infected person. As the mites crawl about and burrow into the skin to deposit their eggs, they cause incredible itchiness and irritation to the skin which soon develops into a rash.
In the early phase of infestation, no rash is present and when it does occur it is often confused with other skin conditions such as dry skin, eczema, seborrhea, or chicken pox (especially in children). One of the characteristic symptoms of a scabies rash is that the itching is intense and tends to be worse at night, or after a hot shower.
People may also develop pimple like irritations or scaly skin as a resulting sign of the burrows and eggs in the skin. Allergies to the mite eggs and waste matter also intensify the itching and sores often develop as a result of incessant scratching.
What Causes Scabies Rash?
A scabies rash usually develops in characteristic areas such as the between fingers and toes, in the creases of wrists, knees and elbows and in areas such as the shoulder blades, breasts, buttocks and groin.
In infants and the elderly, the rash tends to be more wide spread and generalized. If you suspect a scabies rash or have any skin irritation that does not go away on its own, it is important to seek a medical opinion where an accurate diagnosis can be made.
Help for Scabies Rash
Scabies rash is very itchy and frustrating and it helps to know that there are natural treatments to bring relief from this pesky problem. The homeopathic ingredient Psorinum, which is actually derived from scabies, is excellent at soothing itchy skin and mite related skin irritation.
The homeopathic remedy Staphisagria is commonly used externally to treat itchy skin and parasites and is also said to be fatal to the itch mite which causes scabies. Lastly, Viola tri is an excellent remedy for intolerable itching and other skin complaints so often associated with mite rashes and skin reactions.