Everything You Should Know about Scabies

What Is Scabies?

Scabies is more of an infestation than an infection. It is a condition when the skin is itchy, and this condition is caused by a tiny burrowing mite called Sarcoptes scabiei [1]. These insects can set up shop in the outer layer of the skin and, if not treated, can live in your skin for a long time. The insects reproduce on the outer layer of the skin and then burrow into it and lay eggs. The infestation leads to severe itching [2] and causes a red rash to form on the skin.

Scabies is a contagious disease and can be transferred ordinarily by just direct physical contact. The infestation of the mite can also be transmitted through infested clothes or bedding. This is why treatments are usually recommended for a whole family, even if only one member has shown its signs. However, scabies can easily be eliminated through the proper treatment method. The necessary treatment for scabies [3] is to be prescribed by a doctor, and some specific treatment may depend on what might have caused scabies and how it got transferred to you.