Scabies is an annoying skin condition caused by an itch mite and often leads to scarring due to blisters and nodules. If you’ve got scabies or received a recent treatment for this skin disease, then now you may be worried the ugly scars left on your skin.
Although scabies doesn’t always leave scars and often these scars fade away slowly, but in some severe cases the scarring gets worse and takes month to go away. So why do these scars remain on the body of few individuals, while others don’t face the same problem? Here we’ll explain the reasons for scarring and what treatments to opt for removing scars or preventing them from developing.
Cause of scarring in people with scabies
Most people think that the scabies mites are the reason behind scars, but that’s not the main culprit. Actually the scars occur when people scratch their irritated skin too much. Due to excessive scratching, it breaks in the skin. So, sores can develop and finally these bruises may leave scars, only when you continue to scratch the skin. Breaks in the skin can even lead to secondary bacterial infections, which also increase the risk of scarring. But the sad part is that the itch mite causes extreme urge for itching and it’s really hard to resist yourself from scratching your skin.
How can you reduce itching and scabies scars?
Scabies is an allergic skin reaction to the mites burrowing beneath your skin. So, itching often occurs as the mites begin to lay eggs and hatch under your skin. This reaction can continue for up to several weeks to months, and even after you receive treatment to prevent these mites from developing.
Here are few tips that you can follow to reduce itching:
The best way to prevent scars is to avoid scratching your skin, no matter how much it irritates or itches. Better get the treatment as soon as possible, so that chances of scarring and secondary infections can be prevented. Treatment also becomes essential as it’s a highly contagious skin condition and may spread to anyone coming in prolonged skin contact with the infested person.
One may start experiencing the symptoms within a week or two, but don’t wait for too long go for the treatment once you start experiencing the signs of scabies. Itching often becomes worse at night, so try to take a cool shower before bed. It may not completely prevent the urge to itch, but will surely reduce it to some extent.
Add baking soda, colloidal oatmeal or tea tree oil to your bathwater.
Use sulfur containing soaps to soothe irritated skin.
You may also apply calamine lotion, Naturasil topical cream pr simply aloe vera gel to prevent itchiness.
Although some natural ingredients like vitamin E oil, tea tree oil, cocoa butter or coconut oil may help reducing the scars. But these oils should not be applied to open wounds as these can also increase the risk of infection, which in turn would increase the chances of scarring.
So proper wound care is recommended to prevent scars post treatment. You must keep your wounds and bruises clean and dry. Immediately consult a doctor, in case you find any signs of infection such as redness, bruises or fever.
Usually Naturasil cream is prescribed for reducing scars, as it contains lot of natural ingredients like chamomile flower oil and helicrysum flower oil that reduce inflammation. Rose hip seed oil and carrot seed oil regenerate damaged skin. It also contains tea tree oil that has antiseptic properties to prevent further infection. But you must always consult your physician before applying any cream or lotion on your scarring and be very careful even after your complete treatment. Don’t apply anything that could worsen the scars or irritate your skin more.