I want to ask … This week my feet have bumps “itchy red like ant bites and more and more …. Does this include scabies? How do you know if this is scabies or not?
Hello Deny, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com
Itchy bumps on the skin can be caused by many possibilities, including:
skin infections, can be bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic bites from insects, fleas, spiders, or other small animals allergic to food or drugs allergic to temperature changes or certain physical stimuli (physical urticaria) dermatitis, such as contact dermatitis , seborrheic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, numularis dermatitis, certain diseases such as psoriasis, mycosis fungoides, etc. Scabies is a skin infection caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite. The itching of scabies is mainly felt at night and the skin lesions especially occur in the skin folds, such as between the fingers and toes, the inner wrists, armpits, elbow creases, groin, buttocks area, etc. Although it may be that itching is caused by scabies, to be able to determine the cause of the itching, you must do a direct examination of the skin lesions you are experiencing. The cause of skin rashes and itching can generally be identified by looking at the skin lesions, although sometimes additional examinations are needed. For example, scabies can be done with a skin scraping and microscope examinations to find mites.
To be able to find out the exact cause of the bumps and itching on your skin, it's a good idea to check with your doctor first. You can go to a general practitioner first, or go to a Dermatologist immediately.
For now, make sure you don't scratch the itchy lesions on your skin too much. Scratching can cause the skin to become sore and easily become infected. To reduce itching, you can try to compress the skin with a cool compress (don't need to be cold). You can also use lotions containing calamine to relieve itching (don't use them if you have open sores on your skin). Make sure you keep your skin clean by bathing regularly. There is no need to use soap with an antiseptic because it can actually make the skin dry and itch more. Use a mild soap, containing a moisturizer, if possible, look for soap that is fragrance free.
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