What Is Scabies?


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What Is Scabies?

Scabies produces a skin rash composed of small red bumps and blisters and affects specific areas of the body; bumps may contain blood crust.

Contracting Scabies:

Skin-to-skin contact (i.e. sharing towels, bed sheets, and other personal belongings)

Can only live off host body for 24-36 hours

Sexual contact is one common way of contracting scabies through sexually active young adults

Itchy rash that worsens during the night


No approved over-the-counter preparations

Treatment: a special cream or lotion that a doctor prescribes (pills are used for more severe cases)

After treatment, the itching usually lasts another 2 to 4 weeks