Scabies is caused by a certain type of mite. The mite tunnels into your skin to lay eggs. This causes severe itching and a rash.
You can get scabies by coming into contact with someone who has scabies. You can also get scabies by using the same towels, bedding, or clothes used by someone who has scabies.
Severe itching that's usually worse at night
A rash of tiny red bumps that sometimes form in a straight line
The bumps usually are on the fingers, wrists, and arms but can be anywhere on your body (except on an adult’s face)
Babies may also get the rash on their face, scalp (especially behind the ears), palms of their hands, or soles of their feet
Older people may have a very mild rash, making it harder to see
If you have HIV infection, scabies may spread all over your body
Doctors will treat you, your family members, and anyone else who’s had close contact with you.
Adults and children age 2 and over:
For babies under age 2:
People who have a severe case of scabies or a weakened immune system may need to take medicine by mouth.
After the mites are killed, you may still have itching and bumps for up to 3 more weeks. Doctors may have you:
Mites spread easily from person to person, sometimes to everyone in your household. To keep scabies from spreading:
Also, kill mites that may be on your clothing, towels, and bedding by doing one of the following:
Most people get scabies in a place where there are a lot of people, such as a school or in the military. Getting scabies is not related to being unclean.