Reinfection itch right away or not?
Posted in the Scabies Forum
#1 Apr 8, 2013
Hi. I think I may be over my scabies...at least, I hope so. I've done all the treatments, perm, ivermectin, bombed my house with Raid Fumigator and the other Raid Fogger in the little orange cans, cleaned like a total maniac for the last 8 months, the whole thing...my docs all say what I have is post-scabies itch, since my skin has always been very, very sensitive all my life. I sometimes (very seldom now) get very small bumps that itch for about 5 seconds, but stop right there and go away (but I treat them anyway with perm just to be sure). So, I was wondering that if I ever get re-infected again, will I get the same reaction from it immediately and know what it is right away, or not? I mean, the way that I knew before when something definitely bit me is that I would feel the pinprick and then an intense itching, and I would have bumps that would last for a while until I treated them with perm or whatever.
The docs say that the itching is caused by our bodies having built up an allergy to the damn mites, and it's the histamine that's what reacts to them when they bite. So, my question is: If you're cured (hopefully!), does that allergic reaction go away eventually? And if you're ever re-infected, do you itch like mad right away again, or does it have to build up the way it did the first time, before you actually know that it's what you really have? In other words, does your body have a "memory" of the mites of pinpricking and itching right away if you're ever bitten again, or does it have to start all over again from the beginning? I'd just as soon know RIGHT AWAY if I'm getting these horrible things, so I can get rid of it before it gets really bad again.
If anyone's out there who's gone through this (poor unfortunate soul!), please let me know. I want to be on guard. Thanks for any help.
#2 Apr 9, 2013
Hello Worn Out, I don't have an answer for your questions, but I wish you luck and that you are finally cured. I read before that you posted about buying lindane shampoo. I was wondering if you used it and if it worked. Also when was the last time you treated? It's hard to just put faith in the doctors when they act do ignorant. Also do you feel crawling? Again I wish you the best.
#3 Apr 12, 2013
Hi: Don't know why someone "judged" me with spam/clueless/nuts symbols over my original post and Scabiehell's reply to me...we're not selling anything, and we're certainly not nuts or clueless, so go figure. Trolls are most definitely out there with nothing else to do.
Anyway, I think I found an answer to my original question, in a thread called "20 days post treatment - HORRIBLE ITCH/BURNING". A poster named Aardvark said that their uncle was an allergist and said that if someone gets reinfected again with something they had in the past, the reaction time is a lot quicker than the original infection. In other words, once this is over, if you come into contact with it again in the future, your system would react a lot more quickly. So, I guess I'll know sooner than before if I ever get it again, and can start fighting it more quickly.
Scabiehell: To answer your question, I didn't use the Lindane shampoo yet, because I wasn't sure if I could leave it on myself longer than just the 10 minutes the directions say to leave it on when you use it for shampoo. It's got the same amount of Lindane in it as the lotion treatment, so I wondered if I could use it all over, like a total treatment. I'd like to try, but I'm cautious. I haven't gotten any definite information about it, so the shampoo is just sitting for now.
I'm not really sure if I've been cleared of these mites yet. Last night, I ended up putting on more diluted Advantix II and taking more Ivermectin horsepaste, since I was prickly and itchy all day at work. I'll probably be all the more itchy and prickly from doing this, I guess. I'm just afraid that I will get reinfected from where I work, where I am fairly sure that my boss has this thing, too, but won't do anything about it--says he doesn't have time to go to the doctor! How can you deal with a boss like that?? Anyway, if and when I ever get cured of it (which I doubt), I will post how it happened--maybe it would help someone out there. I could only hope. You hang in there, Scabiehell. Keep fighting the good fight! And everyone else, too. We all suffer.
#4 Apr 13, 2013
Hi WoW, ignore the cornballs. Who judge your post. Why come here if your well and not trying to help? Get a life losers!
I'm glad you got an answer to your questions. That's horrible that your boss does not want to get treated. Why would you want to continue to suffer? What are your current symptoms? Keep posting a lot of suffers read posts and don't comment.
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