Are you wondering if the constant itch is typical or if there seems to be something more to the itching? Do you notice some strange patches on your skin as you scratch?
Do you feel the urge to scratch more at a particular time of the day than another? All this could be a pointer to a scabies infection.
A normal itch is just a scratch to prevent external stimuli from irritating the skin and should wear off within a short time; with scabies, however, this scratch seems to be nonstop with many effects and significant discomfort.
Today in this article, we will provide a well-tested method to know if you have a scabies infection or if it's just one of those nuances from an external factor. Without delay, let's dig deep into the way you can test yourself for scabies.
How To Test Yourself For Scabies?
The skin infection scabies is an infectious and contagious disease caused by a mite digging into the skin. As a result of this digging, the resultant effect makes the victim irritable therefore scratching endlessly.
To further elaborate on how you could test yourself for scabies, we must understand how this infection works and other details surrounding it. We shall highlight the following point ease easy while taking the main topic into perspective:
- How It Affects an Individual
- Symptoms and Test for scabies.
How It Affects an Individual
As stated in the beginning paragraph, scabies is caused by a mite known as the Sarcoptes Escambia, and how this insect harms its host is that the female might uses its mouth and front legs to dig into the outer layer of its host skin and lay in wait for the male to fertilize her and then she lay eggs on her host skin, it is this eggs, the dead male, its urine and feces that irritates the immune system and then give rise to the patches.
The symptoms begin to take effect from the eighth week when the eggs are laid and occur in any part of the skin, with cases being reported to include the genitals and tight corners of the hands and even to the head of its host.
This site is known to be found in warm areas, clothes, blankets, and even densely populated, which is the reason why it is advised not to share clothes and other private items with another person.
Most often, the disease is spread by holding hands for a long time with one infected person, through sex, and even by sharing clothing items with the infected person.
Symptoms/Test for Scabies
One may be infected with scabies and not know even when the symptoms begin to show up, most often these symptoms could take the feature of other skin diseases like eczema, etc.; the best way to know if you have had scabies or not remains to consult with your doctor.
Notwithstanding, the following symptoms are familiar to one who has scabies, they are:
- An uncontrolled and intense itching plus rash where the mites have dug into.
- The itching worsens mainly at night with irritation in the affected part.
- Tiny red spots are sometimes curly and appear mostly on the palm.
- Patches on areas that have been scratched a dried dead skin pigment.
- An Ink test.
An ink test is usually done in place of a doctor's absence and is a way to determine one's outcome before hitting the pharmacy to get drugs. Do the following to carry out an ink test
Carrying out an ink test is no rocket science; it is an essential DIY anyone can attempt. All you need is an ink container with the liquid and something to scrape or remove fluid from the skin.
Apply a blot of ink on the part of your skin where you feel the itch and wait a few seconds; after the wait, get a towel or an ink dab to clear off the ink from the applied area, if after cleaning, traces of ink still appears on the skin like a cavity, it is most likely such individual has got scabies.
While scabies gives room for worse bacterial infections if not taken care of, simple medications and over-the-counter drugs have been known to heal and destroy the presence of the mite in one's skin.
It is advisable to make haste if any sign of a patch or spot coupled with an intense itch is observed on any part of your body. For now, see you later.