WHAT ARE SCABIES?
Scabies is a skin condition caused by mites. It commonly leads to intense itching and a pimplelike skin rash that may affect various areas of the body. Scabies is contagious and can spread quickly in areas where people are in close physical contact.
HOW CAN I GET SCABIES?
Scabies is spread by skin-to-skin contact with a person who has scabies.
- Scabies sometimes can be spread indirectly by sharing items such as clothing, towels or bedding used by an infected person.
- Scabies can spread easily under crowded conditions where close body and skin contact is common.
HOW CAN I PREVENT FROM GETTING SCABIES?
Prevent scabies by avoiding skin-to-skin contact with a person who has scabies and contact with items such as clothing or bedding used by a person infected with scabies mites.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON SYMPTOMS?
Common symptoms of itching and a pimple-like skin rash may affect much of the body or be limited to common places such as:
- Between the fingers
- Shoulder blades
Symptoms affect the head, face, neck, palms, and soles in infants and very young children, but usually not adults and older children.
When a person is first infected with scabies mites, it usually takes 2-6 weeks for symptoms to appear after being infected. If a person has had scabies before, symptoms appear 1-4 days after exposure.
An infected person can transmit scabies, even if they do not have symptoms until they are successfully treated and the mites and eggs are destroyed.
NOT RECOMMENDED FOR CHILDREN UNDER 5.