Scabies is an infestation of the skin. Scabies can affect anyone. Among younger people, it often spreads by sexual contact, and some medical professionals consider it to be a form of sexually transmitted disease (STD) in these cases.
- a skin rash made up of small red blisters and bumps that appear on specific areas of the body as well as
- tiny red burrows on the skin.
Causes of scabies
Infection with the mite Sarcoptes scabiei causes scabies. Mites are small parasites and are not insects. Scabies spreads by direct skin-to-skin transmission among affected people.
Other scabies symptoms and signs
- Intense, Relentless Itching of the Skin
- Skin Rash of Small Red Blisters and Bumps
- Tiny Red Burrows on the Skin
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