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Scabies

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.