Scabies is an itchy skin rash caused by the microscopic scabies mite. It burrows into the skin, where it lives and lays its eggs.


The most common symptoms of scabies are itching and a bumpy, red rash. The itching is usually worse at night. You may also have blisters and scaly skin. Severe itching can create open sores, which may become infected. If you have a weak immune system, you may develop a more severe type of scabies called crusted scabies, which is harder to treat.

How It Is Spread

Scabies is spread by direct skin-to-skin contact with another person. It can also spread by the clothing or bed sheets of an infested person. It can spread quickly in places where people are in close contact, such as nursing homes and daycare centers.


To treat scabies, you'll apply a prescribed medication to your skin. More severe cases may be treated with oral medication. Even though the medication kills the mites, you may itch for a few weeks. Because the mites spread so easily, your entire family may need treatment.