A skin infestation caused by the mite SARCOPTES SCABIEI, which burrows into the skin to lay eggs. Scabies is extremely contagious by close physical contact. It is most widespread in young adults, children, and infants.
The mites burrows can appear on the skin as grey, scaly swellings, often between the fingers, on the wrists and armpits, and in the genitals. Later, small papules can arise on the limbs and trunk. The infestation creates intense itching, especially at night, and scabs can form on the papules.
Treatment is with an insecticide lotion that is often applied to all of the skin including the head. All occupants of the person’s household, and any sexual partners should be treated at the same time.