Scabies is a contagious disease caused by a mite. This mite lays eggs in the burrows of the skin. The diseases spreads through contact with infected individuals, clothing, bedding or furniture.
The commonly affected parts are the finger webs, the palm, wrist, front of the arm, the soles, areas around the nipples, the groin and inner upper legs causing severe itching specially at night.
A person suffering from inching in these areas and not suffering from allergy or pruritus (severe etching of the skin) can be Suspected of scabies. This infection may cause small papule and there may be a rash.
The incubation period for the mite is long about a mouth and it can easily be transferred by normal social contact among a group of people living together. All Members of the house whether afflicted or not should be treated. The clothes, linen, towels and so on should be thoroughly washed and ironed.
It is also called lindane and is the drug of choice for scabies. In adults single application of its 5% lotion may be necessary to provide a complete cure. If needed it may be repeated after one week.
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* Dr. Ram Bahadur Bohara is the Chairman of the of Nepal Alternative Medical Development Council and Advisor of Science Infotech.