Q. My 6 years old boy has
developed severe skin infection since 6 months. Doctors say, its "Scabies"
and since 6 months its not coming under control, infact its spreading
more. The skin on which we have applied creams and lotions has become
very dark and patchy, it stops from one area and develops into another.
Please advise me some homoeopathic treatment and also please explain
to me all about scabies.
Ans. What are scabies ?
Scabies is a fairly common infectious disease of the skin caused
by a mite. Scabies mites burrow into the skin producing pimple-like
irritation or burrows.
Who gets scabies ?
Scabies infestations can affect people from all socioeconomic levels
without regards to age, sex, race or standards of personal hygiene.
Clusters of cases, or outbreaks are occasionally seen in nursing
homes, institutions and child care centres.
How is scabies spread ?
Scabies mites are transferred by direct skin-to-skin contact. Indirect
transfer from undergarments or bedclothes can occur only if these
have been contaminated by infected people immediately beforehand.
Scabies can also be transmitted during sexual contact.
What are the symptoms of scabies ?
The most prominent symptom of scabies is intense itching particularly
at night. The areas of the skin most affected by scabies include
the web and sides of the fingers, around the wrists, elbow and armpits,
waist, thighs, genitalia, nipples, breasts and lower buttocks.
How soon do symptoms appear ?
Symptoms will appear from to six weeks in people who have not previously
been exposed to scabies infestations. People who have had a previous
bout with scabies mites may show symptoms within one to four days
after subsequent re-exposures.
When and or how long is a person able to spread scabies ?
A person is able to spread scabies until mites and eggs are destroyed
What can be done to prevent the spread of scabies ?
Avoid physical contact with infested individuals and their belongings,
especially clothing and bedding. Health education on the life history
of scabies, proper treatment and the need for early diagnosis and
treatment of infested individuals and contacts is extremely important.
Scabies should be treated immediately as soon as it is diagnosed,
otherwise it spreads very fast.
In homoeopathy there are quite a few specific medicines which when
prescribed helps the person in getting rid of it without causing
any side effects like skin discoloration, etc..
GRAPHITES : Erruptions start from the bends of buttocks,
or groins, there is a sticky discharge that oozes out and causes
further spread of the erruptions. At times when it dries up, cracks
take place which starts bleeding. Itching is very severe at night
time, specially in bed (the heat of the bed). Graphites 30, 5 pills
four times a day till it comes under control.
SEPIA : When erruptions are dry in nature (no oozing) in
the bends of elbows, knees, around the nose, mouth. Itching is worse
in cold open air, better in warm room and cleaning the part with
warm water. There is offensive odour coming out of the erruptions.
Sepia 30, 5 pills four times a day till it subsides.
OLEANDER : When the scalp gets affected with sticky discharge.
Hair gets entangled in the discharge. Erruptions are shiny & red
and the discharge is very corrosive in nature and causing burning
pain wherever it touches the skin. Hair fall out in bunches.
Oleander 30, 5 pills four times a day. Please use mild homoeopathic
shampoo and wash your hair daily.
EXTERNAL CLEANING : Wash the infected part well and then
apply Calendula and Echinacea 10% solution to make the area sterile
and remove the scabies mites. Do this 3-4 times a day.
Also whoever is in contact with scabies patient should clean their
hands with this solution as a prevention.
Please remember cleanliness is the most important part of prevention
Readers are advised that the medical advice offered in this column
pertains to generalised treatment of condition. Kindly consult your
doctor before self-medication.