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Scabies is a contagious skin condition caused by tiny mites which burrow into the skin. The main symptom of scabies is intense itching that is worse at night. It also causes a skin rash on areas where mites have burrowed.
Symptoms of scabies
The main symptoms of scabies are intense itching and a rash in areas of the body where mites have burrowed.
Causes of scabies
Scabies is a skin condition caused by the parasite Sarcoptes scabiei. The intense itching associated with scabies is thought to be caused by the immune system reacting to the mites and their saliva, eggs and faeces (poo).
Diagnosing scabies
Your GP will usually be able to diagnose scabies from the appearance of your skin and by looking for burrow marks made by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite.
Treating scabies
See your GP immediately if you contract scabies and have not had a previous infection. If you delay treatment, you risk passing scabies on to someone else.
Complications of scabies
A secondary infection and crusted scabies are two possible complications of scabies.
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