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.
Not recommended for children under the age of 5.