- A very itchy rash caused by the scabies mite
- A mite is a tiny, invisible bug that burrows under the skin
- A doctor has told you your child has scabies or
- Your child has had close contact with another person who has it
Symptoms of Scabies
- Widespread little red, bumpy rash that mainly involves the skin folds.
- Intense itching is the main symptom. If it doesn't itch, it's not scabies.
- Appearance. The small red bumps are often in short straight or wavy lines. These are the burrows/tunnels of the mite. The bump or water blister is where the mite entered the skin.
- Location. Classic scabies is found in skin creases such as finger webs. Hands and wrists are the most common sites. Armpits, groin, scrotum, buttocks, navel, waist, and ankles can be involved.
- The face and neck are usually spared. In infants, the rash can involve the face and scalp.
- The rash usually looks the same on both sides of the body.
Cause of Scabies
- Scabies mite
- Scabies comes from skin-to-skin contact with someone who has scabies.
- After contact, a person will come down with scabies rash in 4 to 6 weeks.
- Itching is the first symptom.
- The rash and itching are the body's allergic reaction to mites in the skin.
- Can occur in anyone and does not mean poor hygiene.
- Scabies mites do not carry any disease.
Prevention of Spread to Others
- Scabies is very contagious and prevention is difficult.
- It's best to treat everyone who has had close contact.