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Scabies is a skin infestation caused by a human itch mite known as Sarcoptes scabiei. 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.

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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.  

Scabies Symptoms

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:

  • Wrists
  • Elbows
  • Armpits
  • Nipples
  • Waist
  • Buttocks
  • Area between fingers
  • Penis

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

  • Head
  • Face
  • Neck
  • Palms
  • Soles

If any of these symptoms are prominent or lasting, we recommend consulting our acute care doctors immediately.

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, meaning a quick handshake or a hug won’t necessarily result in a scabies transmission. However, if you do start seeing symptoms of scabies, it’s best to isolate yourself. Scabies can spread quickly to sexual partners and household members. Most adults frequently contract scabies through sexual intercourse. Although rare, scabies can also spread indirectly by sharing clothing articles, towels, and beddings with an infected person. However, the probability of indirect transmission skyrockets when dealing with a person suffering from crusted scabies.
In addition, scabies transmission also occurs frequently in places with a high density of people, like schools, adult care homes, rehab facilities, sports locker rooms, and prisons.

Diagnosing Scabies

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.

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 the doctor’s 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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What is Ivermectin?

Ivermectin is a medication that doctors 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.

What 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.

What 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.

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 onchodermatitis should 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.

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 a doctor. 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.
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