In August 2008, I started developing a skin rash, which started small on my leg. I didn't think much of it, and took antihistamines for a while because I thought it was allergy, like the dusty and sometimes dirty environment in my workplace.
I worked in a pharmacy, which was handy, so I had access to pharmacist advice everyday. She said I should persist with the antihistamines, as it probably was allergy. Our secondary pharmacy suggested I used a topical steroid. (Like Hydrocortisone) This took away some of the itchiness but only treated the symptom and not the problem.
The rash began to grow over time, some spots beginning to merge together to create clusters. Because I was too embarrased to do anything about it, I kept on with antihistamines. By now I had moved into student halls and was worrying about what my new found friends might think about it. My self-confidence had been greatly damaged, and I couldn't show my arms at all, so I was always wearing jumpers, even on really hot days. Sometimes I'd be ashamed to show my wrists and hands, so would pull my jumper over them.
The itchiness practically destroyed my sleep pattern. It was keeping me up at night, and, as if being a new student wouldn't do enough damage, I hardly ever slept.
Finally, after a long long while, I went to the doctor's. She was amazed at what she was seeing, and said she couldn't tell what it was, because the rash was so widespread and long-term that it could be one of a few things. After consulting with another doctor, it was finally agreed that i must have Scabies. I was given Permethrin cream, and all the directions. I was told the marks may last for a while, and the itchiness even longer.
I had to treat myself 4 times, because I kept infecting. This put me in near constant fear of what could be around me, so I because almost obsessed with cleaning and washing. My bed was now a scary place.
Now, I'm nearly clear. The wounds (and perhaps scars) are now healing. My self confidence is slowly finding its way back. although my sleep pattern hasn't returned to normal, it's getting there. My life really was disrupted by scabies, and now I'm loving life.
If you think you might be suffering from scabies, I urge you:
1) Don't be afraid of going to the doctor. It's the best thing you could possibly do in your situation.
2) If you don't want to go to the doctor, go to a pharmacist. They have a considerable wealth and knowledge and really do want to help you.
3) Stay calm and don't let Scabies define you. You may be ill but you're still the person you always were.
Well, as you may have noticed, I posted this quite early in the morning. Evidence of a bad sleeping pattern. I did say I was in the process of healing!! :P
Good luck to anyone with Scabies. You wont need it. If you need advice or anything, just message me.