You panicked when the doctor says, oh its scabies. This skin condition is prevalently common in the dry dusty seasons of the year and is considered highly contagious too, meaning, an affected person can pass it on to anyone even while been treated.
SCABIES LIKE TO JOIN LARGE GROUPS
Places where scabies likes to play, are places where there’s a lot of people. Scabies is a fan of the word congestion and likes to stick around. These places are most affected by scabies NURSING HOMES, SCHOOLS, FACTORIES AND EVEN YOUR HOME
With that said, your kid can take it home. Your friends and neighbors can visit with this condition, it could even be you. JUST BY SITTING IN A SOFA, LYING IN A BED can transmit this condition. With the summer driving towards us its time for us to get ready.
What do you do, and how do you clean your home to control the spread of scabies when it finds its way through your doors? This is exactly what you’ll find out in this article.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR HOME TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF SCABIES
*SANITIZE THESE ITEMS QUICKY
Use a disinfectant spray to sanitize your sofa, patio chairs and dining chairs. Cleaning these will kill the scabies bugs and play a huge role in preventing the spread of the mites in your home.
After sanitizing you can cover it with plastic wrap. This will make it easy for you to remove and dump the plastic when an affected person uses that item.
*WASH ALL EXPOSED LINEN
Remove all bed linen and toss in the washer. Ensure to use only warm or hot water when washing. The heat will kill the mites and their eggs. Dry these linens well, and if possible run them on extra heat to be on the safe side. Natural drying also works.
*SANITIZE THE AREA
After removing everything that you believed was exposed. The next thing to do is to clean the entire area using Rubbing Alcohol or a disinfectant spray.
*For fabricated seats, use a blow dryer to run over these for around 5 minutes on each piece. The mites and their eggs don’t stand a chance when you administer heat.
*CHANGE BED LINENS EVERY NIGHT
For bedrooms, to control the spread change the sheets every day, preferably nights along with towels and washcloths. This condition is contagious only by skin contact. Even if the person is being treated this will help to speed up the healing process and prevent reinfection.
*HOW TO TREAT AND WASH EXPOSED LINENS
- Wash separately from other linens
- Soak in vinegar and warm water for 1 hour before washing
- Use outdoor clothesline for natural heating and drying
- Iron linens and clothing of everyone in the home
*HOW TO SANITIZE YOUR BATHROOM
Use a strong disinfectant spray to mist the bathroom walls and shower, because it not entirely a germ you’re dealing with this can be a little tricky when cleaning.
Sanitize the shower curtain each time an affected person uses the shower. The best way to control and prevent the bathroom from infecting everyone is to do this.
The used towel of the affected family member should not be kept in the bathroom. This person should use clean towels each time they take a shower. The used towels should be washed immediately or place in the dryer.
*CLEANING THE TOILET
This is mandatory as this is something that should be done often in our homes. After a toilet visit, the seat should be cleaned properly. This way whenever another person uses it nothing can be passed on.
Remember, the seat of the toilet is always making direct contact with the skin. Leave a disinfectant wipe nearby and tell everyone in your home why it should be used.
Most times persons repeat clothing. That a NO, NO when dealing with scabies. These mites lay eggs in your clothes. This simply means repeating the same unwashed clothes while being treated will make your treatment process even longer.
Each day put on a fresh, clean suit. Your sleepwear should also be clean and new every night. Never repeat sleeping in the same PJs every night while being treated for scabies.
If possible, sleeping by yourself for this short time will and can save the entire household. TOP PICK… Avoid skin to skin contact, and practice daily cleaning and preventative measures when dealing with scabies.