A contagious, intensely itchy skin condition caused by a tiny, burrowing mite.
Scabies is contagious and spreads quickly through close physical contact in a family, school or nursing home. The most common symptom of scabies is intense itching in the area where the mites burrow.
Scabies can be treated by killing the mites and their eggs with medication that’s applied from the neck down and left on for eight hours. The mites can also be killed using oral medication.
Scabies is an itchy skin condition caused by a tiny burrowing mite called Sarcoptes scabiei. Intense itching occurs in the area where the mite burrows. The urge to scratch may be especially strong at night.
Scabies is contagious and can spread quickly through close physical contact in a family, child care group, school class, nursing home or prison. Because scabies is so contagious, doctors often recommend treatment for entire families or contact groups.