Scabies

Also known as: seven-year itch, human itch mite infection.

What are scabies?

Scabies is a skin condition caused by a tiny insect known as a human itch mite. The disease occurs when the mite burrows into the skin and begins feeding.

What causes scabies?

The human itch mite is the direct cause of scabies. It can be passed from person to person through direct skin contact or contact with infected items like towels or bedding.

What are the symptoms of scabies?

Extreme itchiness, rash, sores and a thick crust on the skin are the common symptoms of scabies.

What are scabies care options?

Scabies can be successfully treated with a prescription topical medicine that is applied directly to the skin.


Reviewed by: Carolina Sanchez-Vegas, MD

This page was last updated on: December 08, 2021 04:28 PM

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