This is a contagious skin infection caused by tiny mites. These mites burrow under the skin and cause sores and intense itching.
Scabies is a contagious skin infection caused by tiny mites called Sarcoptes scabiei. The mites burrow under the skin and cause sores and intense itching.
Scabies spreads through direct (skin-to-skin) contact with an infected person. Skin contact is usually needed because the mites don't fly or jump. (The longer the contact, the more likely you are to catch scabies. This is true even if you have good personal hygiene.) A female mite can live on a person for four to six weeks. The mites can live for three to four days off the body, so it is possible to catch scabies by contact with recently infected clothing or linens.
The symptoms of scabies, which are caused by an allergic reaction to the mite, include:
Treatment for scabies includes a prescription skin lotion, such as permethrin. The lotion is applied to the body after taking a bath. It is left on for a few hours and then washed off. To avoid potentially serious side effects, carefully follow your healthcare provider's specific instructions.
Make an appointment with your healthcare provider if you have been in close contact with someone that has scabies or you have symptoms of scabies. Be prepared to discuss your symptoms, how long you've had them, if you have had them before and if they are progressing or changing. You should also note if you have been in contact with someone that has scabies.
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