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What is

Scabies is a skin infestation caused by a human itch mite known as Sarcoptesscabiei. These human itch mites are microscopic, rendering them invisible to the human eye. They burrow their way into the upper layer of the skin, where they lay eggs and nest, causing the skin to redden and itch.

Contrary to popular belief, scabies is a common condition. The World Health Organization estimates that there are over 130 million cases of scabies worldwide at any given time. Moreover, there are approximately 1 million US citizens who contract scabies annually.

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Symptoms of


Several warnings signs indicate you’ve contracted scabies. The incubation period for scabies ranges from two to six weeks, meaning you’ll have some time before you start to notice the symptoms. However, if you’ve previously contracted scabies, you may still have a lingering sensitivity, causing symptoms to manifest within a few days. Typical symptoms of scabies include severe reddening and itching of the skin. Moreover, since the itch mites burrow the upper layer of your skin, they also cause bumps to appear. Refrain from scratching these bumps. Otherwise, they can become infected sores that will cause you further discomfort. Since bumps form in the folds of the skin, there are common spots for adults and children where they occur. These include:

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In addition, there are some sites where bumps develop for newborns and toddlers but not older children and adults. These include:

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Scabies Transmission

Scabies spread usually occurs via direct, prolonged, skin-on-skin contact with a person who has scabies. You must have prolonged contact with the person to contract scabies,

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Our doctors typically diagnose scabies infestations by judging the outward appearance and distribution of the rash. Moreover, they also assess the presence of burrows before giving their prognosis.

Typically, a microscope is required to identify mites, mite eggs, and their fecal matter. In most cases of scabies infestations, there are only 15 to 20 mites present in the skin. On the other hand, people suffering from crusted scabies can have thousands of mites underneath the upper layer of their skin, making the diagnosis a straightforward task for medical practitioners.


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What are the Side Effects
of Ivermectin?

Although patients tolerate Ivermectin well, the medicine – like all other medications – does have side effects. Side effects resulting from Ivermectin cream usually include burning and skin irritation. On the other hand, the side effects of Ivermectin tablet use include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and constipation.

Patients with known hypersensitivity or allergy to Ivermectin should refrain from using it. In addition, doctors strongly urge patients to refrain from mixing Ivermectin with Alcohol. Furthermore, patients with severe liver problems, asthma, onchocerciasis, and onchodermatitisshould exercise caution when using Ivermectin.

We recommend consulting your medical practitioner and discussing your existing conditions and the side effects of Ivermectin extensively before usage.

Treating Scabies

Depending on the extent of your condition and the doctor’s judgment, there are several methods for treating scabies. Products used to treat scabies are also known as scabicides.

Most doctors typically recommend using scabicide cream or lotion and applying it to all body areas – from the neck down to the toes – in older children and adults. For infants and toddlers, doctors recommend using lotion or cream around the neck and the head.

To ensure that the treatment is successful, we recommend strictly adhering to your virtualdoctorfor scabies’ recommendations. It’s also vital to note that scabicides are only available with a doctor’s prescription, and no over-the-counter medications exist to treat scabies. Many doctors will also prescribe Ivermectin to treat scabies infestations.

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Signs To Look Out For

Here are some common signs of scabies:

Tiny bumps on the skin
Puss-filled blisters or sores on the body
Red spots around your mouth (which may be caused by nosebleeds)
Skin eruptions that look like acne but don't go away after scratching them (these are called "lobular papules")
Skin that feels thick or hard and/or has small bumps or pimples (this could be from another infection that isn't scabies).

Risk Factors and Complications Of Scabies

Scabies is a parasitic infection caused by mites that burrow into the skin and cause intense itching. The mites are often found on the skin of babies and children, but they can also be spread to anyone through direct contact with the infected person or their bedding, clothing, or other objects.

Other risk factors include:

Humid climate
Poor hygiene
Oral sex
Skin diseases, such as eczema or psoriasis

Complications of scabies include open wounds and secondary infections in addition to the itching, which is usually worse at night. The mites can cause permanent damage to the skin if not removed. A small number of people who have scabies may develop complications. These include:

Swelling of the eyelids (ptosis)
Blurred vision (ocular inflammation)
Fungal nail infection (onychomycosis)
Skin infection at the site of an open sore (superficial pyoderma)

If you think you might have scabies, it's important to get treated from a virtual doctor for scabies as soon as possible. Many people who don't get treated early enough can develop serious complications from the disease and may need to be treated with anti-parasitic drugs for several months or years.

Buying Ivermectin Online

Unless you’re looking to purchase Ivermectin in the topical lotion form, you cannot buy Ivermectin online. The medication’s oral and cream forms are only available on doctor’s prescriptions, meaning that you’ll first have to schedule an appointment with atelemedicinedoctor for scabies. Your medical practitioner will then assess your symptoms and prescribe Ivermectin for use.

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TelMDCare has the best doctors on call, ready to assist you at a moment’s notice. You can book a doctor appointment online to receive online treatment for your skin rash. After consulting with our top-notch doctor, you can get a virtual doctor prescription allowing you to use Ivermectin for your skin infestation needs.

At TelMDCare, we believe that urgent care is a human right, and the lack of medical insurance shouldn’t change that. As a result, we provide affordable online care for only $39.

If your infection persists, we recommend you urgently get in touch with us or sign up to make a virtual doctor for scabiesappointment.


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FAQs For Scabies

01 What is Ivermectin?

Ivermectin is a medication that virtual doctors for scabies typically prescribe for treating skin lesions and parasitic infections. Ivermectin is part of the class of drugs known as anthelmintic. It works by paralyzing or killing parasites. Ivermectin is available in three forms, including an oral dosage, topical cream, and topical lotion. Ivermectin lotions are available for purchase as over-the-counter medications. However, you’ll require a doctor’s prescription for the other drug forms.

02What is Ivermectin Used to Treat?

In addition to being an effective treatment drug for scabies and parasitic infections, the Food and Drug Administration has also approved Ivermectin use for treating rosacea and head lice. Furthermore, many studies are linking to the effective use of Ivermectin for COVID. However, the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t approved Ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19.

03What Dosages of Ivermectin are Available?

Oral dosages of Ivermectin are available in only one strength: 3mg tablets. Depending on the severity of your condition, your doctor may choose to prescribe a higher dosage. Likewise, Ivermectin in a topical lotion form is available in three dosages: tubes of 30g, 45g, and 60g. Costs for generic Ivermectin tablets usually exceed the lotion, whereas the cost of Ivermectin lotion and cream are similar. Generally, several factors impact the cost of Ivermectin, including your medical insurance coverage, your treatment plan, and the pharmacy’s pricing.