Scabies is a skin condition that is caused by a tiny mite. The burrowing mites cause a rash and itching. Scabies is very contagious and spreads quickly. Scabies is common in group settings such as daycares, schools, nursing homes, and prisons. 

The primary symptom of scabies is intense itching that may be worse at night. The rash, or burrow tracks, caused by the mites typically occur in skin folds. Commonly affected areas include:

  • Between the fingers
  • Armpits
  • Around the waistband
  • Inner wrists
  • Soles of the feet
  • Around the breasts
  • Male genital region
  • Buttocks
  • Knees

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While the itching from scabies may be quite intense, it is easily treated using topical medication. The itching from scabies may continue for a while, even after treatment. Try the following things to help:

  • Use cool soaks or an oatmeal bath
  • Apply soothing lotions
  • Try an over the counter antihistamine

If you are concerned, you have been exposed to or may have scabies; our healthcare providers will evaluate and recommend treatment options.