Scabies is a highly contagious skin condition caused by a microscopic mite called Sarcoptes scabiei. While scabies is not considered a life-threatening condition, it can be very uncomfortable and can cause severe itching, redness, and rash on the skin. If left untreated, scabies can lead to complications such as secondary skin infections and can also spread to others through close personal contact.
Scabies can affect people of all ages and is often spread through skin-to-skin contact, but it can also be spread through contact with contaminated bedding, clothing, or other personal items. Treatment typically involves applying a medicated lotion or cream to the affected areas and thoroughly washing all clothing, bedding, and personal items.
It’s important to seek treatment for scabies as soon as possible to prevent the condition from spreading and to alleviate the discomfort it causes. If you suspect that you or someone you know may have scabies, it’s best to consult a healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment options.