Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Scabies treatment

Living in halls of residence forces students into close contact with roommates, even when they are sick. Without taking precautions, illness and infestations like head lice and scabies can spread quickly, especially in small apartments and residence halls.
The most common illnesses students should be wary of are the common cold, the flu, strep throat and mono, said Patricia Denning, chief of staff at Watkins Memorial Health Center.
Other illnesses students might be susceptible to include the stomach flu and parasites such as scabies and head lice. Denning advises students not to share clothing or hair brushes. Since the stomach flu is spread via contaminated surfaces, avoid sharing food, drinks and dishes.
To prevent the spread of illnesses it is a good idea to arrange the beds so that students are not sleeping head to head, it is much better to sleep foot to foot if possible. This way sneezes carrying bacteria are less likely to be transmitted from person to person.

Scabies and head lice are usually contracted through very close contact as they do not live off the body for long.

However if you are unfortunate to get scabies it is important to take action quickly to avoid spreading this infestation to others.
The tell tale signs of Scabies are intense itching most commonly at night, and a rash with very fine lines. These fine lines are the tunnels that the adult scabies mites make just below the skin.
It is not necessary to use chemical treatments for scabies as there are very effective natural scabies treatments that do not carry the side effects of chemicals

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