*Practice update COVID-19 as of 4/28/2020
I hope that you and your family are staying healthy in these trying times. I have been closely monitoring the developments of COVID-19 in our community and across the country. I am encouraged by the decline in new cases in our community and I am comfortable cautiously reopening our practice as of Friday, May 1st. In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, I have implemented safety measures following the guidelines of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Prior to a scheduled appointment, a Sun Valley Skin Center staff member will contact the patient and ask if they, or someone they have been in close contact with, are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19. A patient who is experiencing these symptoms will be asked to reschedule their appointment until the symptoms have resolved. Patients will be asked to wear a mask when they enter the practice. If a patient does not have a mask, we will request that they call the practice from the parking lot and a staff member will bring a mask to the patient. Once patients enter the building, a staff member will immediately escort them into an exam room that has had all surfaces sterilized. All Sun Valley Skin Center staff members will be wearing gloves and masks at all times. Visits that can be rendered via telemedicine will continue to be conducted over our telemedicine platform for at least the month of May in an effort to reduce the amount of people in the office.
I sincerely appreciate your participation in these efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. I ask that patients not bring children, friends or loved ones to their appointment. I have been impressed with our community’s response to reduce the spread of COVID-19. I think that it is important that we all remain vigilant and continue to adhere to public health guidelines to further reduce the spread of COVID-19.
I thank you for the support of our practice and look forward to seeing you in the practice or virtually through telemedicine.
Stay safe. Stay healthy.
Lindie Borton, MD
Scabies is a harmless but very itchy and highly contagious skin condition caused by mites that burrow into the skin and lay eggs. Symptoms include a severe itch, often worse at nighttime, and thin burrow tracks made of tiny bumps or blisters on the skin. Humans are allergic to the mites, which is what causes the itching.
Typically, scabies appear in folds of the skin, such as the armpits, around the waist, inside the wrists, between the fingers, on the soles of feet, on the back of knees or on inner elbows. In children, they more commonly appear on the face, scalp, neck, palms and soles. Scabies is spread through direct contact with an infected person or by sharing clothing and linens. It is so contagious that frequently when one person in a family is diagnosed with scabies, all family members are treated for it. It takes about 21 days for eggs to mature and new mites to begin burrowing through the skin.
Generally a visual examination of the skin is all that is needed to diagnose scabies. However, your dermatologist may take a small scrape of the skin to examine under a microscope. The typical treatment is prescription medicated creams applied liberally all over the body. It takes a few days of treatment before the sensation of itchiness begins to go away.
To help prevent further spreading, be sure to clean all clothes and linen in hot water and dry with high heat. Dry clean items you cannot machine wash in this manner or place the item in a sealed plastic bag and put it away for two weeks. The mites will die without a food source for this length of time.