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Scabies

Post-Scabies Treatment Eczema

Hi everyone, about 7 months since I've been cured, and I *still* freak out over every bump and rash and bug bite, but I get over it much more quickly and know it is not scabies again. I am now able to use logic to override my fears that I have somehow been reinfected. I have been so paranoid/careful, not going back to where I was exposed, it would just be too odd of a coincidence to have become reinfected. I just have worsened eczema now and my skin is more easily irritated. But the freak-outs and doubts get less! Scabies really does cause PTSD IMO, but it gets better. CASSLYN, I hope you continue to feel better from all the allergies. You've tried more than I had. I was doing accupuncture but I can't afford it. I've increased my probiotics; besides having other benefits, it is supposed to increase the barrier between our intestines and blood stream-- lots of us with allergies have "leaky gut syndrome" where proteins get where they shouldn't and cause allergies and other immune reactions (I have crohn's disease so I should be taking probiotics anyway). And then of course, there's avoiding wheat and most grains. Still taking the zyrtec, singulair, inhalers, etc. too. Can't say I've noticed much improvement over the last few months. :( But hopefully just getting out in the sun should help too. Have you been checked for vitamin deficiencies? They can worsen allergies and skin problems too. I had a very bad D one I just found about so am supplementing that. Please let us know how the liver and gallbladder flushes go. I wish so badly I could see a naturopath, but I cannot afford it, am currently on disability from the crohn's and depression :/  (Apr 14, 2013 | post #333)

Scabies

Post-Scabies Treatment Eczema

Hi Casslyn, I'm glad my experience has helped you feel a little better! My last perm was all the way back in late September or early October (I'm allergic to ragweed too, didn't even think about the connection to that), and still, some kind of rashes, hives, urticaria, etc. every day. I did exactly what you are talking about-- the derm was helpful one time, but now I am seeing an allergist frequently to deal with the allergies. We did testing and of course I'm allergic to pretty much everything, including my cat, and of course we're all sensitive to dust mites now, if we weren't already. They love to hang out in shedded cat fur. :/ I'm taking more drugs for the allergies, which I hate, and though it's helping my asthma, I can't say it helps my skin much. Or maybe my skin would be even worse without the drugs? I'm also reaching alternative therapies for allergies. The allergist also recommended a humidifier in winter, dehumidifier in winter if you don't have central air, and a HEPA filter. How I'm supposed to pay for all of this I do not know. But I do think treating allergies is the way to go for the ultra-sensitives like us. Must have been extra frightening for you, working with babies. I'm glad, though you are still suffering, you're over the period of madness where you really think you might still be infected! Those moments come back for me, and I just talk myself off the ledge. Though, I am still too paranoid to go to a gym again (got it from using a shared mat, which was really stupid). And I'm typing this from a hotel room-- always a little scared when I stay at them now too, since some people get it this way. Anyway, I hope you find a great allergist who can help you deal with the rest of this!  (Apr 6, 2013 | post #329)

Scabies

how do i get rid of scabies once and for all? its driving...

If you can dry them on hot for at least 30 minutes, that is supposed to kill them even if you don't wash on hot. You can also place items in plastic bags and put them in the freezer for 12 hours and that kills the mites too. I did that with shoes, purses, things like that. It must have worked because I am cured.  (Mar 4, 2013 | post #3322)

Scabies

Post-Scabies Treatment Eczema

Chris, do the rashes come and go? If so, I think it's the mite crap exiting your body and your immune system overreacting to every little thing since the mites set off an immune reaction. I'd see a dermatologist if you can though, to help set your mind at ease. If you get a good one, she can scrape areas where you have rashes and see if there are mites. I am still getting itchy and rashy on a daily basis all these months later and I am 100% positive I no longer have scabies. Some days are worse than others, but overall it HAS gotten better over time. It will for you too.  (Mar 4, 2013 | post #326)

Scabies

Giant hives post-scabies?

Thank you. Do you think that a hot bath for 30 minutes would be good for someone with eczema and urticaria though? I start to get rashy, itchy and red after being in a warm shower for 10 minutes or so. Or is that the point-- go through the pain/discomfort for 30 minutes straight with the ingredients you suggest and I'll see a decrease in the rashes and redness?  (Mar 4, 2013 | post #12)

Scabies

Giant hives post-scabies?

I treated with perm 3 times also, plus 2 doses of Ivermectin. I have a rash and/or itchiness or redness somewhere on my body at all times even after all this time (at times, just 1 tiny spot, at other times, my whole chest is red). It's annoying for sure, but it is not scabies. Allergy/immune problems are way better than what having scabies was like. If your rashes come, then go, then come again, I really don't think they are scabies, I think it is the allergy/immune thing. It sucks, but it's way less disturbing because it means no bugs or their babies or their feces are existing under your skin, and you are not contagious, you can have human contact. Your immune system is simply overreacting, that's all. And it will improve over time. You are going to be ok.  (Feb 25, 2013 | post #10)

Scabies

Post-Scabies Treatment Eczema

Chris, if you're able to not have the energy to keep worrying about it, my guess is the mites are gone and you're dealing only with the aftermath. When you have them, you are never able to forget it unless you drug yourself heavily with antihistamines (and/or alcohol), it feels so horrible. So that's good! (You should never let yourself become comfortable with suffering though, IMO, if there is something you can do about it, and with scabies there is, and you've done it.) I think you're just going to start feeling better and better and this will be a distant memory very soon. It's definitely tough when you already had allergies though, I'm in that boat too. Rashes and itching lingered even though the scabies were all dead. But having allergies is a cakewalk compared to having scabies! So best to you, I bet you are cured and things are only going to get better for you.  (Feb 25, 2013 | post #322)

Scabies

Post-Scabies Treatment Eczema

Chris, I really empathize with you. 3 weeks after your last treatment is an infuriating place to be. And treating scabies is expensive-- thought I was probably cured after my 2nd perm, and certainly after my 3rd, I continued doing the daily laundry and obsessive cleaning for about 2 months total because I was so scared I wasn't cured, because I was still itchy and rashy. I added approximately what I spent on prescriptions, non-prescription treatments (essential oils, benadryl, special soaps, etc.), cleaning and laundry products, and it was over $1000! I had to borrow money for food! Anyway, you say you are itchy. How itchy compared to before you treated? Do you have rashes and how do they compare to before? In what ways do you feel/look different since before you used the perm?  (Feb 23, 2013 | post #320)

Scabies

Giant hives post-scabies?

Hello, it's been 4 months since I posted about this, and unfortunately, I still get giant hives for no apparent reason, but less frequently. I've posted more in the "post-treatme nt eczema" thread that I still have all sorts of skin problems I didn't have before, and the ones I did already have are magnified now. Those damn scabies set off a terrible immune reaction that some of our bodies don't seem to be able to turn off, and we overreact to all sorts of things. Besides the hives, I get what my allergist calls "urticaria, " bright red areas and lines and spots, usually across my chest and face, that are flat unlike hives. They are kind of a cross between hives and eczema. (I get them most often when I am feeling emotional, am hot or cold-- it's a guarantee after showers). I also still get some raised red bumps that look like scabies after I shave. It's gotten better, but STILL happens and I've been cured since September. I take singulair and zyrtec (already was for asthma and allergies) and sometimes a prescription antihistamine, but they really only help my upper-respiratory allergies/asthma, not my skin. Prescription steroids reduce the size when I get hives, but you can't use it on your face.  (Feb 20, 2013 | post #8)

Scabies

Post-Scabies Treatment Eczema

Feel bad, it's nice of you to be nice, but your "friends " with scabies need to find another ride until they are better! I have no doubt crabs would be easier to get rid of than scabies. I don't think crabs burrow into our skin and lay eggs and give birth under our skin and all that. Ugh. You just gotta treat yourself and get rid of them and stay away from these people who have them and are somehow in denial. How someone could be in denial of something so itchy and infuriating I have no idea-- I was obsessed with them and killing them when I had them, and I still freak out when I have an itchy, eczema day. Good luck! Do remember that you can still have bumps after you are cured though-- that's what this thread was originally about.  (Jan 16, 2013 | post #314)

Scabies

how do i get rid of scabies once and for all? its driving...

The .5% spray not hurt you, but that is not a strong enough % of the medication to kill the mites so I would not keep using it. Irritation, and it won't even kill them. I think I made that same mistake with a few things I tried, like very strong and drying dandruff shampoos and apple cider vinegar rinses on my head. I waited 1 week between my first 2 perm applications. Then I did my 3rd treatment about 2 weeks after my 2nd one. I was waiting, hoping I wouldn't need it, but I just wasn't sure yet if I was having eczema, or if there were still some live mites. I took the Ivermectin with my 2nd perm treatment if I remember correctly. I was paranoid that I was still very infested so I asked for it, but again, it may have just been eczema in my case. I feel certain that you can kill these things without following the exact same timing someone else did, as long as you are taking something that kills them at the right times during the life cycle of the mite. Let us know how you are doing since you washed off your 2nd perm. This could be it!  (Dec 6, 2012 | post #3087)

Scabies

how do i get rid of scabies once and for all? its driving...

Yes! Sometimes it was a general intense itch, other times it was like I could feel the little mites crawling all over me, but I don't think that's what the feeling actually is. I think it is part of the allergic/immune reaction to the mites, not the mites themselves. If all that itching and crawling was from mites running around, I must've had thousands of them running marathons all over my body! It took a particularly long time for the crawling feeling to go away in my nostrils and on my scalp for whatever reason.  (Dec 6, 2012 | post #3086)

Scabies

how do i get rid of scabies once and for all? its driving...

Thanks for sharing your success story too. We do get cured! I'm glad you had *relatively* simple time with it. I wish Benadryl had put me to sleep, nothing did, and since I developed eczema, I kept getting new bumps, but eczema is a breeze compared to scabies! It's interesting how some people have much simpler experiences getting rid of this than others. Different mites? Multiple people in home to reinfest you? I wish this was studied more so people didn't have to suffer so much and for so long.  (Dec 4, 2012 | post #3082)

Scabies

how do i get rid of scabies once and for all? its driving...

Obviously the permethrin and 1 dose Ivermectin still works for some of us a cure as it did for me and for the other woman who helped me on this website (though she did 5 permetrhins, I did 3), and for many others who have come and gone from this website. Permethrin alone worked for 2 people who I know offline who had scabies within the past few years, just 2 applications. I really feel for those for whom the standard medical treatments are not working, and for those who cannot afford it (that is a crime!), but it is misinformation to tell people "these no longer cure." They still work for many people with scabies. Remember that most people who are cured, by whatever means, do not return to the site and post about it. I am doing so so that people know they CAN be cured-- in my case, by the standard medical treatment plus essential oils. If that fails, yes, by all means try something else if you have done research and decided it is safe. Best to all.  (Dec 4, 2012 | post #3081)

Scabies

how do i get rid of scabies once and for all? its driving...

It is true that science is very behind, and most drs. are rather clueless on this, but it is untrue that no one gets cured. Most people get cured! I am cured, as is the person who helped me who I met on this site-- she let me email her off of this site a million times a day while I was panicking. She is fine now. So am I. Some very unlucky people may have a different kind of mite or have a resistant strain or are becoming reinfected in their environment. But I do not believe this is the case for most people. You will be cured. Be hopeful and know it will happen. I had moments when I thought I would have this my whole life. I didn't. It went away within 10 weeks.  (Dec 2, 2012 | post #3078)