Scabies

What is scabies?

Scabies is an infestation of mites. These tiny insects leave small red bumps that cause intense itching. The mites burrowing into the skin where they lay eggs that hatch a few days later cause the itching.

  • Scabies is highly contagious; it spreads from close personal contact.
  • It occurs mostly in children and young adults.
  • Treatment includes antibiotic creams.
  • If one member of your family has it, your entire family will most likely be treated as well.
  • All clothing and bedding should be washed in hot water and dried in a hot dryer.