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What is the cause and treatment for scabies?

Hello,I have scabies for about 1 month,I was full of red marks all of my body and itching a lot,the nights could not sleep I was itching so much that my body from neck and down is full of blood and grey color marks,so after 2 wrong dermatologist,one said it was food allergies and the other from dust,the gave me Mederol peels and some cream but nothing.last week I used the spregal spray cause doctor number 3 when saw me said it is probably this,I spray all if my body from head down for three nights every night,I washed all my clothes up to 60c I feel better,marks are going away I take Mederol pill again for 4 days after spregal.doctor said that it is not nessesary my husband and my 18month baby to put this spay on cause they are not itching or having any marks is this true?i am really worry for my little girl cause she has some problems with her sensitive area,she has burns and all the area is red,I guess is cause she eat a lot of fruit the doctor said I put on dactador cream on and something liquid red named eosin in Greek,when I put this on her sensitive area next day is like normal when I stop cream I also put her dactarin here it comes back again all red the baby cries and shakes of the pain in some spots there are some red marks they have blood like her skin opens,and little red marks ,she has a little itch at the moment I was her area but after that she does not itch at all,do you think is possible to be scabies?they come and go?the baby all day is on my body haven t got the scabies from me?and some last question after spregal spray how many time I must wait to get pregnant again?i have read is very toxic so I worry about that!
Sat, 10 Sep 2016
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Hi,
I can totally understand your concern and worries reagarding your little one catching scabies.
Scabies is actually a infestation caused by a mite. The mite resides on our skin especially aroung finger webs, genitals and axillary region. It becomes active at night and therefore itching is more severe in night. unfortunately, the mites can be transferred to close contacts and so your baby might be having scabies.
Your third doctor gave a correct advice to wash all your clothes because that kills the mites that have entered the clothing. All the bed linen and towels should also be washed.
It is usually advisable to treat the whole family together because of easy transmission of the mite in between close contacts. Even if they are not itching, family members may still have scabies because sometimes it takes around a month for itching to appear.
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