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Last updated January 21, 2022

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What is scabies?

Scabies is a highly contagious infestation by the human itch mite. This microscopic mite burrows into your skin and causes an extremely itchy rash. The rash typically appears as small pink red bumps in between the fingers, on the wrists, and around the belly button.

Symptoms

Treatment

If you think you have scabies, see a dermatologist. It is treated with a topical anti-parasite medication called permethrin or an oral anti-parasite medication called ivermectin. These kill the mites and their eggs.

Your doctor may prescribe topical steroids to help with itching. The itch can last for several weeks after the mite has been treated (called post-scabetic dermatitis).

Because scabies is so contagious, wash all of your clothing and linens in hot water. Anyone you live with also needs treatment, as people can be carriers of scabies without having symptoms.

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