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Suggest treatment for recurring rash on skin

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Posted on Fri, 25 Jul 2014
Question: I am again concerned about my rash. The assisted living facility where my mother lives nearby is under quaranteen for Scabes. Can Scabes be treated with Tea Tree Oil as I have been treating what I think is fungus
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Answered by Dr. Johny Chacko (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Tea tree oil not very effective

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Welcome to healthcare magic.

I understand from your query that you have been having a recurring rash.

I have seen your previous queries where a diagnosis of fungal infection has been made.

The present rash could be the same fungal infection or as you have suspected, it could be scabies since you have had close contact with individuals with scabies.

Tea tree oil has anti inflammatory properties, but it is not very effective in killing the scabies mites.

I would suggest you to apply 5% Permethrin cream as a single overnight application and wash it off the next day morning.

However, it would be better if you could send me a clinical picture of the rash so that we can differentiate between a fungal infection and scabies.
You have a feature to upload the images by yourself at the right side of the query page, please utilize that so that I can answer your query better. You can also send the image as attachment to YYYY@YYYY , with the subject as 'Attn: Dr. Johny Chacko'.

Please revert back.

Regards,
Dr. Johny Chacko
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Brief Answer: Tea tree oil not very effective Detailed Answer: Hello, Welcome to healthcare magic. I understand from your query that you have been having a recurring rash. I have seen your previous queries where a diagnosis of fungal infection has been made. The present rash could be the same fungal infection or as you have suspected, it could be scabies since you have had close contact with individuals with scabies. Tea tree oil has anti inflammatory properties, but it is not very effective in killing the scabies mites. I would suggest you to apply 5% Permethrin cream as a single overnight application and wash it off the next day morning. However, it would be better if you could send me a clinical picture of the rash so that we can differentiate between a fungal infection and scabies. You have a feature to upload the images by yourself at the right side of the query page, please utilize that so that I can answer your query better. You can also send the image as attachment to YYYY@YYYY , with the subject as 'Attn: Dr. Johny Chacko'. Please revert back. Regards, Dr. Johny Chacko