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Scabies Symptoms & Causes

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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.

What causes scabies?
Scabies is highly contagious and spreads from person-to-person while they are sleeping together in the same bed or have close personal contact.

Are scabies common?
While scabies can affect people of all ages, it occurs mostly in children and young adults.

What are the symptoms of scabies?
The most common symptom of scabies is a rash. If your child is under 2, the rash tends to be on the head, neck, palms and soles. If your child is older, the rash is usually on the hands, chest, between the fingers, wrists, belt line, thighs, belly button, in the groin area and in the armpits. In addition to a rash, the most common symptoms include:

  • itching, usually severe
  • scaly or crusty skin (with advanced conditions)

It may take between four to six weeks for your child to develop symptoms of scabies after coming in contact with an infected person.

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