- Scabies is an itchy, highly contagious skin condition caused by an infestation by the itch mite Sarcoptes scabiei.
- Direct skin-to-skin contact is the mode of transmission.
- A severe and relentless itch is the predominant symptom of scabies.
- Sexual contact is the most common form of transmission among sexually active young people, and scabies has been considered by many to be a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
- Scabies produces a skin rash composed of small red bumps and blisters and affects specific areas of the body.
- Treatment includes oral or topical scabicidal drugs.
- Highly contagious
- A doctor will suspect scabies based on your symptoms. Scabies is especially likely if you have had close contact with other people who have had similar symptoms such as itchiness and red spots on the skin
- Scabies is not fatal