Last week a patient came in with complaints of a very itchy rash on his torso and arms. He was alarmed because several of his friends had the same suspicious rash. Interestingly, they were all my patients. The first one came in last Monday. After examining him, I diagnosed him with Scabies.
“What?” he screamed. “How disgusting. How do I get rid of it?”
Scabies is easily treated with topical permethrin cream which is applied from head to toe before bedtime and then washed off in the morning. The problem with Scabies is that it is easily contracted via contact like sleepin in someone’s infested bed, lying on their couch or rolling around with them during sex. After treatment, it is imperative that you wash all contaminated clothes and linens.
After I treated this patient, then all his friends began lining up outside my office in order to rid themselves of these pesky critters.
Now to shift gears. I like Adam Lambert. His new CD is interesting. He has an amazing voice and quite frankly, I feel he should have won American Idol.
Because of his performance on the American Music Awards, it seems you can’t turn on the television, open a magazine or read a blog, without seeing Adam out and about. Last week, he was spotted at several gay hot spots here in New York City. I won’t mention which one, but I did see him in photo where he is surrounded by a gaggle of gay boys, all of whom I treated for Scabies after the photo was taken!
Now I’m not suggesting that Adam gave them Scabies or perhaps they passed the mites onto him.
BUT, if anyone knows Adam Lambert tell him not to ignore any itchy rashes and get treated for Scabies ASAP!