Can Scabies Lead to Skin Cancer?

scabies lead to skin cancer

Scabies is a skin condition caused by the scabies mite and it affects millions of people annually. It spreads through close physical contact that can be a hand shake or through sex. Scabies can also be spread by sharing the patient’s belongings including bedding, clothing, and even furniture.

The mites produce a skin rash made up of small red bumps and blisters.

Every year scabies infects over 300 million humans worldwide. Around 1 million people get infested with scabies in the United States.

Scabies-Factual sheet

  • The scabies mite is microscopic in nature and creates deep burrows inside the skin where it lays eggs to multiply.
  • The scabies mite cannot survive only for 48-72 hours without human skin.
  • The early symptoms of scabies are itching and rashes all over the body which continues to grow if left untreated.
  • On an average there are almost 15-20 mites present on the body of a person infested with scabies.
  • People working in nursing homes, prisons and children are at higher risk of contracting scabies than others.
  • Scabies can be treated with permethrin, sulphur which is present in many medicines for scabies cure.

Is skin cancer a result of scabies?

  • Scabies if not treated properly can get worse. Norwegian scabies is a complicated stage of scabies in which the person has around hundred to thousand of mites present in the body under the skin crusts.
  • In a least case, Scabies can also lead to Skin cancer. Although this is not commonly seen but since scabies is a kind of skin infection only which can get worse over time.
  • So, if you treat scabies on time and take necessary precautions it can never prove fatal to you. The only thing needed is proper care and following the instructions of the doctor.

Treating scabies

Since scabies is a highly contagious disease, therefore it is recommended that any kind of contact with the patient of scabies should be avoided but irrespective of the symptoms status all household members should be treated for scabies.

  • If you are living in a house along with a scabies patient, it is must for you to get treated and if you had sex with a person who was later detected with scabies you should immediately see the doctor.
  • There are many lotions and creams used to treat scabies but its best to consult your doctor to get the right advice.
  • The creams use to cure scabies are generally topical medications  which contain permethrin cream, sulfur ointment, extracted from coconut oil, palm and jojoba extracts.
  • Ivermectin, an oral medication is recommended for people who develop crusted scabies due to neglected treatment. But this medicine is not safe for pregnant or nursing women and children weighing below 33 lbs.
  • Antihistamines and anti-itching lotions are also prescribed by the doctors for fast relief in itching and rashes.
  • It’s best to follow the prescribed medications as they can speed up the recovery process by quickly killing the mites. Initially the itching may increase but after continued treatment, some relief is definitely observed.

But in some cases a prolonged treatment is required to get fully rid of the scabies mites.

Many doctors also recommend Dr Scabies cream because it is a popular cream known for bringing fast relief and is also safe for use. It has no side-effects because it has natural and pure ingredients approved by (HPUS)Homeopathic Pharmacopoiea of United States.

How to prevent re-infestation of Scabies

To prevent re-infestation of scabies, take the following steps:

  • Disinfect everything you use in a day and do not repeat it the next day. Washing   regularly all clothes, towels, bed sheets, pillow covers is must. Wash with hot soapy water and don’t forget to dry on high heat after washing.
  • Seal items which cannot be washed daily. Even cover your TV remote with a saran wrap and pack everything else in a plastic bag for few weeks.
  • Disinfect the entire room with the vacuum cleaner including carpets and rugs and dispose off the canister later.
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