Scabies

Skin Conditions

Scabies mites are tiny insects that dig tunnels under the skin and lay eggs, leaving small raised bumps that can itch intensely. They are usually found on the wrists and ankles or between the fingers and toes; they can also affect the groin region.

Prevention

  • Avoid direct contact, sleeping in the same bed, or sharing towels and clothing with an infected individual

Treatment

Professional care   Professional Care

Seek medical attention if:

  • Call your medical provider if you think you may have scabies. Other skin problems can look like scabies, so your medical provider should make the diagnosis
  • Apply the medicine your caregiver prescribes and carefully follow the instructions they give, especially about where to apply, for how long to wait prior to washing it off, and when to repeat treatment.
  • Wash all clothing, towels, and bedding in hot water and dry them in a hot dryer
  • Notify those with whom you have come into close contact of your condition so they can check themselves or be evaluated by a medical provider