Scabies is a highly contagious, pruritic disorder of worldwide distribution caused by the itch mite, Sarcoptes scabiei var hominis. Scabies spreads quickly in crowded conditions where there is frequent skin-to-skin contact between people. Hospitals, child-care centers, and nursing homes are examples. Scabies can easily infect sex partners and other household members. Sharing clothes, towels, and bedding can also spread scabies. You cannot get scabies from a pet. Pets get a different mite infection called mange.
Symptoms are -
- Pimple-like lesions or a rash
- Intense itching, especially at night
- Sores may be caused by scratching
Your health care provider diagnoses scabies by looking at the skin rash and finding burrows in the skin.The infected person's clothes, bedding and towels should be washed in hot water and dried in a hot dryer. Treatment is also recommended for household members and sexual partners