Table of Contents
- Scabies facts
- What is scabies? Is scabies contagious? What causes a scabies infestation?
- How do you get scabies?
- Can you catch scabies from a dog or cat?
- In what special situations can scabies be more easily spread?
- What are risk factors for scabies?
- What does scabies rash look like? What are scabies symptoms and signs?
- What does scabies feel like?
- How do health care professionals diagnose a scabies infestation?
- What types of health care professionals treat scabies?
- What are treatment options and home remedies for a scabies infestation? What are scabies treatments for pregnant women?
- What are treatment options and home remedies for a scabies infestation? (Part 2)
- What are treatment options and home remedies for a scabies infestation? (Part 3)
- Are cases of scabies often misdiagnosed?
- What are possible health complications of scabies?
- What is Norwegian or crusted scabies?
- Can a scabies infestation be prevented?
- What is the prognosis (outlook) for scabies?
What does scabies feel like?
It is important to note that symptoms may not appear for up to two months after being infested with the scabies mite. Even though symptoms do not occur, the infested person is still able to spread scabies during this time. When symptoms develop, itching is the most common symptom of scabies. Scabies does not cause pain. The itch of scabies is insidious and relentless and often worsens over a period of weeks. The itch is typically worse at night. For the first weeks, the itch is subtle. It then gradually becomes more intense until, after a month or two, sleep becomes almost impossible due to the intensely itchy skin.
What makes the itch of scabies distinctive is its relentless quality, at least after several weeks. Other itchy skin