Scabies is a contagious skin condition caused by infestation with the microscopic mite Sarcoptes scabiei. It is characterized by intense itching, especially at night, and a rash with small red bumps or blisters that may appear on the skin, particularly in the folds of the skin, such as between the fingers, on the wrists, elbows, armpits, waistline, genital area, and buttocks. Scabies is spread through close skin-to-skin contact with an infected person or by sharing contaminated bedding, clothing, or other personal items. It can also be transmitted through sexual contact.
When is it necessary to see a doctor?
If you notice symptoms suggestive of scabies it is important to seek medical evaluation for proper diagnosis and treatment, as scabies can spread easily and may require treatment. Treatment typically involves prescription medications, such as topical scabicides or oral medications, that kill the mites and alleviate symptoms. It may also involve washing or dry cleaning of clothing, bedding, and personal items, and thorough cleaning of the home to prevent reinfestation and spread to others.
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