So you think you might have scabies, huh?
For your sake, I hope you are wrong! But, it’s good that you are here investigating.
Because if you do in fact have scabies it is important that you detect it and treat it as fast as possible. Yes, ASAP!
The longer it goes untreated the worse you will feel and the more likely you’ll be to spread it to other people.
Below you will find first indicators that the scabies mites could be present.
Table of Contents
- Sign #1: An uncontrollable itchy feeling that’s spreading
- Sign #2: Rashes. Bumps. Zigzag marks. Oh No!
- Sign #3: “Wait, am I not the only one around who’s scratching themselves?”
- Sign #4: In the past few months have those in your family traveled or frequented new places?
- Sign #5: There are confirmed cases of scabies in your community
Sign #1: An uncontrollable itchy feeling that’s spreading
You might think you had a good idea what feeling super itchy was like before ever picking up scabies.
But after awhile, there’s no way to lie to yourself any longer.
The itchy feeling we get as sufferers from these mites is horrendous.
A few telltale signs of an early stage scabies infestation:
- You have a spot or two, maybe a broad area of your body, that will not stop feeling itchy no matter how hard or how often you scratch it.?Yes, it doesn’t matter if you spent all night digging your fingernails into your skin. It just won’t. Go. Away.
- While the itching doesn’t go away completely, if you feel way more itchy at night, then that’s a telltale sign. During the day you are active and distracted. Because of the activity, the mites don’t move as much. And even if they do, you won’t notice them as much. But at night time, that’s when they’re the most active. If it’s terribly itchy and keeping you up at night, it’s probably scabies.
- It is spreading. For me, it started around my crotch and between my thighs. I thought it was just an allergic reaction or something. Maybe from the clothes, i tried on at the mall. But then, it just kept spreading, in all of its?terribleness, all over my body (except my face and scalp.) By a few weeks into it, I was consumed in itchiness all over.?Don’t wait that long before getting treated.
Sign #2: Rashes. Bumps. Zigzag marks. Oh No!
At first, you were just itchy.?Incredibly, excruciatingly and uncomfortably itchy. But just itchy nonetheless.
Then, while you were indulgently digging into your thighs with your nails, you noticed something.
Red bumps? Red lines?
No, not just the redness from your far too intense scratching. A different kind. Like something you unearthed that was there all along beneath your skin.
My friend, this is their marks.
- Those bumps. Those are their little homes, where they lay their little eggs.
- Those lines. They are their burrows, where they dig and dig too move around and find greener pastures, ahem – tasty dead skin – to feed on.
If you’ve started to see red marks appear and you are still hesitant to diagnose them as scabies, take a look at where they’re located.
In the beginning, those raised little bumps and ridges are likely to appear on parts of your body where the skin folds over itself or touches itself on creases.
Think between your legs, your toes, and your fingers. Inside your elbows and wrists. Genital areas and under your breasts, if you’ve any.
Scabies mites prefer these areas to breed in and call home.
Sign #3: “Wait, am I not the only one around who’s scratching themselves?”
Since you’ve been paying so much attention to your itchy body, you maybe?haven’t spent much time looking around at your friends and family.
Or if you have been looking at them, it’s in fear that they might see you acting oddly with all your fidgety, itchy maladies.
But take a closer look.
If you do have scabies, they didn’t fall out of the sky.
Someone gave them to you.?And chances are that it could be someone close to you. And they are probably showing first signs of an infestation as well.
So take a look around.
Look at your family, at your co-workers, your friends; anyone who comes in close contact with you from day to day.
Are they mindlessly digging into their skin? Are they complaining of a strange itch? Are they expressing lost sleep due to staying up all night scratching? Are they meticulously peering at their skin?
Are they showing early symptoms?
If you encounter others with these symptoms, well, take that as an early sign.
Better yet though, ask them. And tell them what you know about scabies and the early signs we’ve discussed already.
It’s easier to keep quiet and avoid potentially embarrassing subject matter, but if it’s really an infestation happening around you, everyone needs to know.
Everyone needs to get treated or they will likely just re-infest one another.
Sign #4: In the past few months have those in your family traveled or frequented new places?
This isn’t something that can give you insurmountable evidence of an infestation, but it’s a thought-provoking question which could give you clues and a stronger conviction that it is in fact scabies that’s bothering you.
Think of all the places you’ve gone lately.
Out of country trips? Out of state trips? Out of home Trips?
All of them.
New gym membership? New daycare for the kids? New animal care clinic? New doctors office visits?
These are all heavily trafficked areas that often are host to scabies. For more ideas of places that you might have picked up mites from, check out this post on our How do you get Scabies page.
If there’s one or many potential places that pop into your mind, do some investigating and see there have been known issues with scabies there.
Sign #5: There are confirmed cases of scabies in your community
So we’ve examined quite a few early signs of a scabies infestation.
If you’re still reading then you probably have a good hunch that this is?what’s been ailing you.
At this point, if your still worried that it might be all in your head, it’s a good idea to visit or, better yet, make some phone calls to places in your community that you’ve visited in the last 2 or 3 months.
You’re gym maybe, or your child’s daycare.
Just call and ask there have?been any reported cases of scabies recently.
If they say yes, well, that’s probably a clear sign that your itchy scratchy nights as of late are a sign that you’ve recently picked up our dreaded friends the scabies mite. Your early symptoms will surely turn into a full-blown unbearable infestation if you don’t act soon.
For more information on treating scabies, check out some of our other posts below.
And best of luck to you.
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