|SCABIES is a form of itching dermatosis characterized
by epidermal burrows caused by female sarcoptes scabiel.
Mode of INFECTION
Infection is caused by very close and continued contact. Thus,
the disease is transmitted by using the clothes, blankets
of infected persons or even by sexual contact.
Itching is the most important symptom of scabies which is
intermittent and is worst at night.
Impetigo - Due to severe itching there may be secondary coccal
infection leading to impetigo. Burrow - This is the charactristic
lesion of scabies. This is located in the epidermis, irregular,
zigzag in shape and grayish in colour though in some parts
it is black due to accumulation of dirt. About 30 to 40 eggs
and excreted faeces are present inside it. At the blind end
of the burrow a vesicle is seen. These burrows are seen in
the webs of the fingers and toes, ulnar border of the hand,
folds of the axillae, lower part of the abdomen, umbellicus,
penis, vulva, folds of the buttock, etc.
Sensitissation - Being sensitized by the parasite, erythematous
patches around the burrows and even urticaria or eczema may
Cleanliness is important. Sulphur, Heper sulphur rhustox,
Echneccea and Calendula are all good homeopathetic medicines