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Scabies infestation is usually accompanied by a skin rash and visible burrows in the skin where the female lays their eggs. Intense itching is a primary symptom. The itch is caused by the body's reaction to the scabies fecal matter, also found in the burrows. When a person is first infested, it can take up to two months for symptoms to appear and they can still spread scabies during this time.

Scabies is a common condition found worldwide; it affects people of all races and social classes. Scabies in adults are frequently transmitted during sex. Scabies can also be spread easily under crowded conditions where close body and skin contact is common.

A parasite (bug!) that burrows into the upper layer of the skin (epidermis) where they live and deposit their eggs and fecal matter. The microscopic scabies mite almost always is passed by direct, prolonged, skin-to-skin contact with a person who already is infested. An infested person can spread scabies even if he or she has no symptoms. Humans are the source of infestation; animals do not spread human scabies.

Scabies can be passed easily by an infested person to his or her household members and sexual partners. Scabies in adults frequently is sexually acquired.

Avoiding direct skin-to-skin contact with an infested person, their clothing and bedding. People infested with scabies should be tested for other STDs and their household members should be checked for infestation.

Scabicides are used to kill scabies and are available only by prescription. There are no over the counter remedies for scabies infestation.

Last Updated On December, 18, 2010