Scabies

Scabies Facts

  • 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.

Reviewed on 6/1/2012