Have you ever had scabies? Scabies is a skin infection which is caused by the skin mite Sarcoptes scabiei. It is a generally common kind of skin infection and almost anyone can have it. The main method of infection of scabies is by the contact of the host’s infected skin to the skin of another person, in which the mite can transfer from the host to the new person and infect him as well.
When scabies appear, they appear as a very itchy infection with rashes, redness, swelling, and scaling. These effects are caused by the allergic reaction of the skin from the waste that is left behind by the mite burrowing underneath the skin. The infection can occur almost anywhere on the skin surface, and the skin mite does not really choose where it burrows. However, it is more often that scabies appear on the skin of the lower body, arms, and back than any other body part. But there are times when scabies can infect the scalp.
Scalp scabies occur very seldom, but when it does, it can be very irritating. For one, having scabies on the scalp will make you want to or actually scratch your head o matter where you are. Scratching your head in public places will make you look like you have lice or dandruff, which can be more or less undesirable as scabies. Also, because the infection is on the head, it can be extremely annoying because of the hair strands that can also increase the irritability of the scalp.
Scalp scabies can be sometimes difficult to diagnose. An individual who has scalp scabies might not even think that he has the said infection since the itching of the scalp can be quite common in most persons, especially those who already have a history of having dandruff or head lice. At first, he may think it’s just one of the two common scalp problems, but as the severity of the itching progresses, lice may be the more fitting problem. However, having scabies on the scalp can produce flaking of the scalp skin, which can also lead to falling scalp flakes very similar to dandruff. The confusion begins when the flakes appear and the itching increases, and this leaves the infected individual perplexed with whatever has infested his scalp.
The only way to detect scabies on the scalp is by having a doctor see the infection. Once the doctor confirms that the infection is caused by scabies, then that is the only time when the scalp scabies can be treated. The same treatments are used for scalp scabies and scabies on the other parts of the body. Permethrin cream can be used on the scalp, and the same quick effect will be provided by the cream. Other topical formulas can also be used on the scalp, although it’s advisable to use them only when you’re at home or at night since the smell of the creams that you will use might be undesirable, making you catch the attention of others who smell you. Also, it’s important to get the advice of a medical professional before you actually use any form of treatment so you can be sure to get only what’s appropriate. You may not know if one topical treatment may be harmful to scalp skin or hair follicles, and it can cause your hair to fall out or your scalp to get more irritated.
If you have scalp scabies, you can experience a lot of discomfort and you also become more embarrassed as compared to having scabies on other parts of the body. As soon as you experience the symptoms of the skin infection, make sure that you seek medical attention to get the best help that you can possibly get.