Are you infected?
As you probably know, scabies itches like mad. It is nearly impossible not to scratch. Scratching creates breaks or openings in your skin and bacteria can infect a sore. That bacteria gets into your blood stream and spreads throughout your body. So the infection spreads from one sore to another via your blood. When an infection spreads throughout one's body it is called a "systemic infection".
But here is the special reason scabies can lead to a systemic bacterial infection: the scabies mites produce proteins that inhibit your body's ability to deal with certain bacteria. So having scabies may make you more suseptible to systemic infections.
I had a severe case of scabies for over a year, so I had scratched myself silly. I probably had over a hundred sores and one day I looked down and every sore was infected. The symptoms I had were general fatigue, pus (or clear liquid) in the sores (under the scabs) and red skin around each scab. The sores would scab over, I would scratch them open again and they simply never healed. Towards the end some of the infections went in a quarter inch or more deep.
I didn't realize it at the time, but my body was swollen with excess fluid, too. That gave me swollen ankles and sore joints.
I went to an inner city clinic because I have found they are more familiar with treating scabies and it's complications. The doctor prescribed cephalexin (a relative of penicillin). She prescribed a 14 day course of 500 mg cephalexin every 12 hours (see Cephalexin Dosages, below). Amazingly, Wal-Mart only charged $4 to fill the entire prescription! Pretty amazing because they had charged $80 for a tube of permethrin cream and $40 per dose for ivermectin. If you can't get a prescription, you can order it on-line from a fish supply store. Here's another source. The doses required are listed below.
I was amazed to see my swollen ankles and sore joints clear up. My blood pressure dropped 40 points. The sores cleared up and healed. Afterwards I started taking a supplement called NAC and that helped even more.
Lately some of these on-line suppliers have been closing down so they are geting harder to find. One great source for people who know where to buy antibiotics are forums for folks who are preparing for the end of civilization. They stock up on beans and antibiotics and such. Google "survivalist antibiotics" to find them.
Here is a YouTube video showing how I used ivermectin horse paste. Also, click here to download my step-by-step instructions for curing scabies.
"The dose of cephalexin prescribed will depend on the type of infection and whether the person taking it is a child or an adult. Here are general guidelines for cephalexin dosage:
The usual adult dose ranges from 1 to 4 grams a day, given in divided doses.
Typical adult doses of cephalexin are 250 mg every 6 hours or 500 mg every 12 hours for 7 days.
The usual dose for a child is 25 to 50 milligrams (mg) per kilogram of weight, given in divided doses."
Quote from www.everydayhealth.com
I took the entire course of antibiotics. My infected sores healed. My fatigue went away. My blood pressure dropped 40 points. I hadn't realized the systemic infection had caused my body to swell with excess fluids. My itching also decreased. It turns out an infected sore can itch, too.
The Healthy Skin Program suggests treating infected sores with "IM benzathine penicillin (erythromycin or roxithromycin for 10 days, if allergic to penicillin)", but the cephalexin did the trick for me. The clinic took a sample of the pus from one sore and tested it to check if I had an antibiotic resistant bacteria. I didn't, but I am glad they checked.
The bacteria that usually appear in these infections are Streptococcus pyogenes (GAS) or Staphylococcus aureus. If left untreated the infection can result in rheumatic fever, heart disease and kidney disease. More information here.
The bottom line is if you have scabies, you may also have a systemic infection and not realize it. Consider getting looked at and getting a prescription for antibiotics.
You have to go to a doctor to get a prescription for antibiotics, but if you have been to a doctor for scabies already, they might prescribe them for you if you simply call them and ask. Regardless, if you notice your sores seem infected, clinics are usually more responsive and cheaper than suburban or hospital doctors.
Oddly, the same cephalexin one gets at a pharmacy is available at aquatic stores to treat one's pet fish. I have ordered from an aquatic pet store and their products seemed genuine. Here is a good article about this. So if you want to treat your fish, go to an aquatic (fish) supply store on-line. Click here for one source of cephalexin. Here is another source. By the way, these online stores sometimes overstep the FDA's guidelines and get shut down…that's hard for me to keep up with. So if you find a dead link, please email and let me know so I can update things! A link to email me is at the bottom of every page on my site.
Cephalexin is a form of penecillin which people don't tend to be as allergic to. Wikipedia says "Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, trouble breathing, or red, blistered, swollen, or peeling skin. Overall, cefalexin allergy occurs in less than 0.1% of patients, but it is seen in 1% to 10% of patients with a penicillin allergy."
My doctor had me take 500 mg twice a day(one 500 mg or two 250 mg pills every 12 hours) for 7 days. That wound up being a total of 14 500 mg pills or 28 250 mg pills. Click here to see the dosage at Drugs.com (look under "Usual Adult Dose for Bacterial Infection").
Click here to download the Healthy Skin Program 27 page booklet.
NOTE: I also made my own 5% permethrin cream. The manufacturer of the permethrin concentrate threatened to sue me so I had to take down my video showing how I did that. I am in the process or rewriting my web site to avoid getting sued or prosecuted and still give you as much information about what I did that worked for me. One thing I can tell you is to avoid any permethrin concentrate that contains petroleum distillates…they can really irritate your skin.
Hope this helps you!