SkinCare in Wellesley, MA

Scabies is a highly contagious condition which requires treatment from a qualified, experienced dermatologist. Dr. Rashel Goodkin has trained with top institutions such as Harvard and has years of experience treating dermatologic conditions including scabies. If you suspect you have scabies, you can put your trust in Dr. Goodkin for effective treatment.

What is Scabies?

Scabies is a condition caused by tiny burrowing mites known as Sarcoptes scabiei. This results in itching and a rash that appears as small, irregular, pink or red blisters or bumps.

Symptoms of Scabies

The primary symptom of scabies is itching, which is typically worse at night. The mite burrows into the skin and produces tracks that often can be visible on the skin. These occur most frequently in folds of skin, such as between fingers. Infants or young children will also commonly experience scabies infestations on the scalp or palms of the hands. Scabies is highly contagious, and most patients will start to see symptoms within a few days of exposure.

Who Needs Scabies Treatment?

If you suspect you have scabies and see any symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible. Dr. Goodkin can examine the area and rule out conditions that result in similar rashes or blisters, such as dermatitis or eczema, and begin an effective treatment.

Treatment for Scabies

Dr. Goodkin will examine the rash and can diagnose scabies by locating the mite or eggs, which can be examined under a microscope.

The most common treatment for scabies is a topical medication which should be applied to the entire body from the neck down. A common option is Permethrin, which contains chemicals that kill scabies mites and eggs. For those with immune system issues, crusted scabies, or scabies which does not respond to topical treatments, an oral medication known as Ivermectin or Stromectol can also be prescribed, though this is not recommended for pregnant women or small children.

These treatments will quickly kill scabies mites, but itching may persist for several weeks. Dr. Goodkin may recommend sarna lotion, over-the-counter antihistamines, or other at-home treatments to help relieve itching sooner.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Goodkin, call 781.227.7977 or request an appointment online.