Scabies is a skin condition caused by a tiny mite known as Sarcoptes scabiei. These mites burrow into the skin and lay eggs, causing an itchy rash and red bumps on the skin. Scabies is highly contagious and is spread through close physical contact with an infected person or through the sharing of clothing, bedding, or towels.
Scabies is more common in children and in people who live in crowded or unsanitary conditions. It is also more common in people with a weakened immune system.
Symptoms of scabies include:
1. Itching: This is the most common symptom of scabies and is often worse at night.
2. Rash: A rash of red bumps or blisters may appear on the skin, often in the areas between the fingers, on the wrists, and on the buttocks.
3. Sores: Scratching the itch can cause sores on the skin, which can become infected if not treated.
If you are experiencing symptoms of scabies, it is important to speak with a healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate treatment. With proper treatment, it is possible to effectively manage and prevent scabies.