Scabies is a skin condition that causes very itchy skin. It is caused by a skin mite that burrow under your skin and lay eggs. This is spread by person to person contact, or by picking up a mite from someone elses clothes.
People with scabies usually get little red bumps or blisters on their skin. Sometimes the bumps are hard to see. Some people even notice tiny tunnels in their skin where the mites have buried themselves.
- The fingers and webbing between the fingers
- The skin folds around the wrists, elbows, and knees
- The armpits
- The waist
- The sides and bottoms of the feet
Scabies is treatable, but can be hard to get rid of. Permethrin cream is most commonly used. This kills the mites. Itching can last for a week, even after the scabies mite is gone.
When you start treatment, wash all the clothes you and others in your home wore in the last 4 to 5 days in hot water. Then dry them in a dryer on high heat. You should also wash any sheets and blankets or towels people in your home have touched. Scabies mites usually die without contact with human skin after a few days.