is an itchy skin condition caused by the microscopic mite Sarcoptes scabei. It is common all over the world, and can affect anyone. Scabies spreads quickly in crowded conditions where there is frequent skin-to-skin contact between people. Hospitals, child-care
centers, and nursing homes are examples. Scabies can easily infect sex partners and other household members. Sharing clothes, towels, and bedding can sometimes spread scabies. This can happen much more easily when the infested person has crusted scabies. You cannot get scabies from a pet. Pets get a different mite infection
Pimple-like irritations or a rash
, especially at night
Sores caused by scratching
The infected person's clothes, bedding and towels should be washed in hot water and dried in a hot dryer. Bath with hot water and hand wash with hot water.Treatment is also recommended for household members and sexual partners.Several lotions are available to treat scabies.
Medicines that may be prescribed include:
cream: This is the most common treatment for scabies. It is safe for children as young as 1 month old and women who are pregnant.
25% benzyl benzoate lotion.
10% sulfur ointment.
10% crotamiton cream.
1% lindane lotion.