Scabies appears in the form of an itchy rash. The rash is caused by a female mite laying her eggs beneath the skin surface.
Signs and symptoms
- The main symptom of scabies is an intense itching in affected areas which may be worse at night or after a hot bath or shower.
- An itchy red rash or tiny spots. These can be confused with other conditions such as eczema.
How do you get it?
- Any close body or sexual contact with someone infected with scabies can spread the infection.
Testing and treatment
A doctor can tell by looking at the rash whether or not you've got scabies.
It's easily treatable with a special shampoo or lotion. You should also wash any bedding or clothing on a high temperature wash to avoid re-infection.