Can you have scabies without a rash?
The answer to this question is dependent on how fast you detect the scabies. The earlier you detect it, the faster you can treat it. Rash is a secondary infection that occurs after the causative organisms have laid their eggs deep within the skin tissues. The first immune response—itching—is what gives rise to these rashes. If you are having scabies for the first time, it is most likely you’d end up with a rash.
The reason for this is because the symptoms don’t show up until about a month after the skin has been infested by mites. For those who have previously been affected by the mites, the symptoms show up much faster—in about three days.
Sometimes, most people do not wait for the symptoms to appear before they begin treatment. Once they know they have been in prolonged contact with someone who has scabies for a long time, they take measures to immediately get rid of the mites. That way, the insects don’t get to lay eggs, and if the issue is well managed, the scabies symptoms and rash may eventually not show up.
Forms of prolonged contact include contact during $exual !ntercourse (in adults), contact with materials used by the affected individual and prolonged contact in crowded areas. For the two latter forms of contraction, it could be possible for the person to be unaware until the symptoms begin to show up. Such individuals may be subject to having scabies rash eventually.
Different types of scabies
Let’s consider the different types of scabies that exist.
This is the kind of scabies that tops the charts in most affected persons. The symptoms are noticed on the wrists, hands, and other areas that are open to the eyes. The only area the symptoms do not show up is the face or scalp.
This kind of scabies occurs when the nodules in the skin are affected. Extra symptoms like bumps across the skin and other swellings begin to appear. These bumps are found mostly in pr!vate areas of the body—the pen!s, areola, armpits, etc.
This kind of scabies can be contracted very quickly and easily. It is more complicated than the other types listed above. What happens here is that the skin forms crusts that are loaded heavily with mites and their eggs. What makes crusted scabies to be easily contracted is the ease with which the crusts fall off the skin of the affected individual.
This kind of scabies also would occur in those who already had their immune systems attacked by some other condition before exposure to the mites. Examples of such persons include those who have the HIV illness. People who are also on steroids or other medications are also susceptible to the crusted scabies infection.
The major difference in all of the types of scabies listed above lies in the power of the immune system. The faster the scabies weaken the immune system of the person, the faster they replicate. And that would make them very difficult to control.
Rashes are complications that arise as a result of the immune response posed by the system of the affected individual. For example, the sores that occur on the skin due to frequent scratching can get infected by bacterial strains. As a result of the tear in the skin, the body is defenseless and prone to secondary infections and complications. Some of them include the following;
- Kidney diseases
- Bacterial infection of the blood.
- Heart diseases.
- Inability to sleep at night (This could occur due to the consistent itching)
What medications can be used to avoid these secondary complications? First, you need to know that the primary infection must first be cleared. The primary goal would be to get rid of the mites. Once the mites can be cleared, the production of eggs stop and all you are left to deal with is the itching. Let’s look at some medications that can be used to solve the itching problem.
How to get rid of scabies mites
1. Certain creams can help in getting rid of the mites. And usually, they contain one or more of the following active ingredients—Sulfur, benzyl benzoate, Lindane, crotamiton, Permethrin, etc. Ensure that you do not just work with any of these ingredients. Allow your doctor prescribe something to you. The reason for that is because you might be allergic to one of those ingredients. Dealing with an allergy alongside scabies could totally weaken your immune system and worsen the condition.
2. You also need medications that would help relieve you of the constant itching. Some of these medications include antihistamines like Benadryl, steroid lotions, etc.
3. Anti-bacterial creams: These medications would help you treat the infections that arise as a result of infection of the sores on the skin with bacterial strains.
4. You could also opt for natural remedies like tea tree oil, Aloe Vera, clove oil, lavender oil, etc. These substances are known for killing the mites and relieving the affected persons from constant itching. Tea tree oil is particularly great for getting rid of rashes that form along the spot.
Most times, the reason people fail at completely eradicating the mites even after using the medications listed above is because they forget to dispose the materials they use. Note that not all of the clothes or beddings you used at that period are to be discarded. You could wash them in hot water to kill the mites. After washing, it is advised that the items are dried intensely.
For materials that cannot be washed—watches or some other digital device, ensure that you keep them wrapped in nylon sheaths for about five days. Mites cannot stay alive for long when they are off their host.