Scabies is a skin condition caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite. The symptoms of scabies can include:
- Intense itching: Scabies often causes a severe and persistent itch, particularly at night or after a hot shower. The itching is caused by the mites burrowing into the skin and laying eggs.
- Rash: The burrowing of the mites can cause a rash of small red bumps and blisters, which may be scattered or concentrated in certain areas of the body such as the hands, feet, wrists, and ankles.
- Scales or crusts: In severe cases, scabies can lead to the formation of thick crusts or scales on the skin, which can be painful and may ooze fluid. This is more common in people with weakened immune systems or those with untreated scabies.
If you suspect you have scabies, it is important to seek medical treatment to avoid the spread of the infection to others.