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What are Scabies: The Basics

Scabies is a contagious skin infection that is caused by a mite, which burrows under the skin. This causes an allergic reaction which results in extremely intense itching which is exacerbated by heat and is usually worse at night. Rash from scabies is most often seen on the hands, feet, elbows and the buttocks. Burrow marks can be seen where the mites have dug into the skin. This infection is common in children, although it can affect anyone.

Scabies' Symptoms

  • Severe itching is the most common and hallmark symptom of scabies
  • Itching gradually increases from minor itching to sleepless nights
  • Skin rashes made of small inflamed bumps and blisters are seen
  • Four rashes which resemble mosquito bites, form a line which signify where the mite burrowed
  • Rashes are often found on the hand, feet, and back most often
  • Itching and rashes are actually a delayed symptom and will not appear until up to two months has passed since the initial infestation
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